Enter the Hawks Nest as we head onto our maiden National League voyage!!
After an historic season for the HAWKS which went right down to the last few minutes before being crowned league champions, I asked Lee Bradbury for his thoughts;
'This is just so big for everyone at the club, I'm really pleased for the supporters, the board, the volunteers, the staff and obviously the players, for me when a side gets promoted its a big team effort from everyone and we have certainly had that this season, everyone has kept pulling together and believing, we've had a few indifferent results yet everyone stayed together and stayed strong, we got what we deserved in the end and I am so pleased that we bounced back, it is so difficult to go down and come straight back up the next season, so it really a fantastic achievement to come straight back up'.
I asked Lee for his views on the recent support the fans have given the team;
'Obviously the Bognor match at home was amazing, we knew we had a couple of coaches for the Kingstonian match add to that the fans that made their own way their by train and car, the fans were immense they made a great noise, it was a good day and they made a such a great atmosphere, it was just such a big relief come the final whistle that we had achieved what we'd set out to achieve at the beginning of the season, that was always my focus right from the pre season matches and I imparted this to the lads anything less than winning the league was unacceptable, they lived up to it, they dealt with it. I think this season we have had a really good close knit group of players, as well as all the people behind the scenes and that's why we have been successful this year'.
I asked Lee what happens now?;
'I woke up Sunday morning and now my focus is on next season, I am already talking to players trying to get players to commit their futures to the club, and i'll be looking to strengthen the squad as well. So the work continues, some people may think that we've won the league and we just turn up in July for the pre season matches and that's it, but the hard work really starts now for me, I need to cement some of these players down and try and improve the team so we are a force next season. If I look at Poole Town and Hungerford who both went up last season, one of them are in the play offs and one is just outside in 6th position so, that has to be our aim next year, try and make the play offs, it will be hard but I feel with the group we have and a few additions we can be a force to be reckoned with next season'.
Finally, I asked Lee how he personally felt about promotion;
'I've only been in management 6 years and have never won the league, to win any league is a big achievement, we were in a very competitive league with some very strong sides, we stayed strong throughout and came out deserved champions, it has been a great season for me and know its time to do it all again'.