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At Westleigh Park optimism is at a premium. An unbeaten run amid a tough start has led fans to dream of consecutive campaigns of success. Ahead of the visit of Bath City I speak to Lee Bradbury about the game against the Romans who have experienced an indifferent start to the season after being listed as one of the bookies favourites to take the title.

Speaking after Monday’s 1-0 win over Wealdstone I asked him about the game and how Bath would be looking to turn the corner:

“Yeah, they will be looking to turn the corner, sooner rather than later and I'm sure they will be coming to win the game after a couple of bad losses but they have got some good experience within their team and their managers very experienced so I'm sure there looking to turn the corner quickly and as long as it's after Saturday I'm ok with that!”

I also asked about how long until Dan Strugnell would be back in the a Hawks ranks following his injury and when we spoke to Lee it was following a scan and he said that “it was just to confirm what the Physio thought on his knee, hopefully we will get it back and we will be able to move in the right direction quickly. Positively Bradley Tarbuck is back in full training, obviously he's missed 4 weeks of Pre-season so he's quite far behind at the moment but the sooner we get him back the better and hopefully that will be Saturday (against Bath City).”

Finally I asked Lee after a physical encounter against Wealdstone on Monday night whether this league is more physical than what we encountered in the Ryman Premier League last year:

“It can be, there's more experience in this league as well so it's tough, but they defended well (on Monday night) and they had to as Wealdstone were a hard team to beat at home.”

Next up is tomorrow's game against the Romans, a game which is not shy to a bit of needle as Bath City come to Westleigh Park and you can come too. Tickets £13 for Adults and £9 for Concessions. And if you’re a Pompey season ticket holder who can't go live radio coverage is provided by Hawks Radio. But we'd love to see as many Hawks pack Westleigh Park for a game which will have plenty of spice as Bradbury’s boys look to continue their unbeaten start.

Henry Deacon.


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