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Lee Bradbury pre Maidenhead: "“I think the three points on offer are the biggest that we have played for this season."

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Havant and Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury knows the magnetism surrounding tomorrow night’s trip to Maidenhead United in The National League.


The Hawks are five points above the drop and six above tomorrows opponents with a victory meaning the gap to safety would be a minimum of three points.


Bradbury senses that four victories from the final seven matches is the minimum requirement should the Hawks stand a fighting chance of surviving the drop.


The gaffer also knows the talent at his sides disposal and hopes that along with good character and bottle, it will help us in a bid to stay a second season in The National League.


Bradbury said: “I think the three points on offer are the biggest that we have played for this season.


“If we win we can put Maidenhead into that mix down there, but if we don’t then we have got a lot to do and relying then on trying to catch Dover, but then saying I think there’s a couple of others I feel we can catch.


“I think we need to go and win four games and try and get a draw or a couple of draws off the back of them as well. It’s going to be a big game for the club.”


A game with such high stakes at this stage of the season really does provide the grounds to shape the destiny of a season one way or another and the gaffer knows exactly the huge task in hand.


“I think it’s a big game and I think Maidenhead will be hurting from the result at our place earlier on in the season and will want to reverse that outcome.


“I think it’s not a must win, but time is getting shorter. We are running out of games, we need to make sure that we give everything that we can.


“We’ve had a rest as far as games, we’ve been training, and we’re looking forward to try and catch these teams up.”


Bradbury feels that the timing of the break between the game against Chesterfield and the game tomorrow night has come at a perfect time, allowing a little rest before potentially the biggest period in the clubs history.


“Seven games to go and it’s a rest before a massive push in those last seven matches which has come along.


“Hopefully it has come at a good time as everyone is refreshed and recharged and ready to go again.”


With there being no clash of Portsmouth fixture for these next two all-important away games, the gaffer hopes as many Pompey supporters as possible can help prop up a big away contingent for these massive matches.


The ex-Portsmouth striker said: “It’s huge (to get a big away following). There’s not far to travel with away games that we have got now.


“Obviously Maidenhead, Aldershot, Solihull being the furthest away out of those that we have got left so we really need to take as many as we can to get behind the team as they have done all season.


“It’s a pivotal time for us as a club and I really do feel if we can stay in the league we can be a much better team next season but we have to deal with it first and stay in the league.


“The odds are against us, but at the same time I have t group of hungry, honest players that I feel can certainly achieve it.”

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