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Lee Bradbury talks Braintree and cup draw!

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Ahead of the game against Braintree Town in the Vanarama National League South I caught up with Lee Bradbury about his thoughts on the game and a round-up of the week as a whole. I asked him about the game in which he replied “big game for us. They’ve had a bit of a sticky patch recently but they’re a good side, one of the best sides we’ve played despite beating them 3-1 it was a very close game with three penalties changing the game. They are a very good footballing side, got pace in the team and a team I can see being a top 4 side this season. With this league being so competitive it means there’s a big three points on offer.”

 

And the gaffer is also relishing the opportunity to get a league game on, the first since the game against Dartford on January 13th. “We are trying our best to make sure the pitch is playable and we need to play games. We got the rust out on Tuesday with some really good performances and got some minutes into some players legs and that was very much needed for the players mentally, not ideal for the pitch but at the same time we’re desperate to play games so it’s getting that balancing act right but we are doing our best today to get the pitch playable.”

 

And Lee also pointed out to me that this feels like a pre-season within a season. “I’ve used it (the postponements) to keep the lads ticking over, keep the lads fit and enthusiastic about playing and looking forward to each game each week but at the same time some players have had a rest. A lot of the lads have played 90 minutes after 90 minutes. They’ve worked hard but had a little bit of a rest as well in between. We’ve been keeping sharp, keeping fit and I think it showed on Tuesday that we are at the same level and very hungry and it would have been easy to go through the motions against Hamble Club a team three league below but they didn’t, they were fully on it and that’s why we won by such a margin.”

 

And I finally asked the gaffer for his thoughts on the Portsmouth Cup semi-final draw which pitted the Hawks with an away tie against Fareham Town. “It’s another one of those games where if we approach it properly we should win the game but Football had a nasty habit of taking your foot of the gas you’ll get hurt. We have to keep our standards up but we won’t be thinking about this at the moment we got a massive game ahead of us tomorrow and it’s something we’ve got to be fully focused on.”

 

Henry Deacon

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