Enter the Hawks Nest as we head onto our maiden National League voyage!!
Ahead of the Hawks’ first home outing of 2018, manager Lee Bradbury is salivating over the Hawks’ prospects for the year ahead. And ahead of the game against Wealdstone he is prepared for a good test against the London based side. “I’m expecting a tough game, they’ve signed some good players like David Pratt recently from Chippenham and so going forward they will be very quick so we will be mindful of that and with some experience in their teams with the likes of Cox in midfield a former National League player and with them not getting a good result on Monday against Hampton they will be wanting to put that right for sure straight away.”
The next 3 games are massive for the Hawks and is an opportunity to grab their ambitions by the horns with the gaffer stating “the games keep getting bigger really. We’re up there at the moment and want to stay there, continue to get points on the board with every game being important whether it is Oxford City who are down at the bottom or Dartford’s at the top. We want to win every game and the home games being important and with those two home fixtures coming up it’s important we make the most of these games and try and get out the other side with all 6 points.”
With Pompey not having a game tomorrow and the ensuing boycott of the game against Chelsea, Lee Bradbury hopes that fans of Pompey and the Hawks regardless of their footballing viewpoints can come together to get behind the side. “It makes a major difference as a player to be playing in front of either 600 or 1600 people and if they can come and support the biggest part time club on the South Coast and with some Ex Pompey players down here as well hopefully they will come and help us over the line and get some points and with Season ticket holders getting in for a Fiver so it’s a good deal financially for them as well.”
And with the weather changing for the worse, Lee and all at the club are all to aware that getting fixtures on is imperative considering the events of 2013/14 when a backlog of fixtures saw the Hawks playing Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday most weeks and missing out on the play-offs on the last day on goal difference. “I think it cost us that year (13/14) and we need to make sure we don’t get a backlog it’s been two years since we’ve last had a game called off here (Truro City April 2016) so we try to manage the pitch as well as possible and with an influx of rain recently it makes us mindful in that respect.”
Hawks host Wealdstone in the Vanarama National League South tomorrow with a 3PM Kick off at Westleigh Park. Info on the game is available to view on the club news section of the website.