The Hawks kick off their FA Trophy campaign at Westleigh Park tomorrow afternoon as they host Dorking Wanderers of the Bostik League. It is a competition in which the Hawks have had a glorious past in and one in which the gaffer Lee Bradbury wants to continue. “We've famously gone out to Gosport in the semi final in 2014 but my expectations this year is for the players to do their best every game and see where that takes us and that’s no matter what competition we’re in, I expect that every week and just see how far we can go.
As a Non-League player it’s quite a magical competition as it’s the best opportunity they will get at playing at Wembley Stadium and is something I’ve never achieved as a player and it’s something I’d love to do and lead a team out and something I’d take great pride in leading this club out there but there is a lot of hurdles to get over yet and it is one step at a time and all we’ll do is try and win this game tomorrow and see where that takes us.”
And so with the pressure of the league being put to the back burner, Lee Bradbury is expecting 100% from his players as always but in an environment where the shackles are off. “The shackles are certainly off, a lot has been written and said about our home form so we have an opportunity tomorrow to put that right but we are not underestimating Dorking at all, they have some very good players beating Leiston 4-1 in their last game to get here so we are looking forward to the game and putting the home record straight.”
And despite Dorking laying low down the division below the Hawks, the gaffer is wary that the table maybe a lie in their case considering the quality they bolster. “I think they’re better than where they are in the league table. They certainly will have better results with the players they have. I don’t expect them to be there for long and they will soon start to climb the league table.”
The Hawks face Dorking in the final qualifying round of the FA Trophy at Westleigh Park tomorrow afternoon at 3PM. Tickets are all pay with season ticket holders having to pay full prices for tickets due to FA Rules. Same applies to Portsmouth season ticket holders. We hope to see you there to get behind the Hawks.