By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
“They’ve got some good players, manager and set up. They’re going through the leagues very quickly and again one of the favourites to win the league. We know it’s going to be a tough game, our aims to stay in the league really and we’re realistic with that. We’re looking forward to testing ourselves against good, quality players from the Football League and the Scottish Premiership, so it’ll be a good test the boys and myself to be up against good players, good managers and decent crowds.
I believe they’re going to bring a few down tomorrow so it’ll be an exciting game.”
And the gaffer believes that these sorts of challenges were the ones the Hawks craved upon promotion to The National League. “Definitely, it’s a massive weekend for us, I’ve been happy with the lads performances at home, just the end product has been lacking. We’ve scored a lot of goals away from home but conceded a few as well so we’re trying to find that happy medium at the moment, being hard to beat but also trying to win games and climbing up the league.
It’s a good challenge for us, not just this game but the Saturday Monday as well, with another game against Bromley so the whole squad’s going to be needed, but first and foremost we concentrate on Salford and threat that they’re going to cause. We’re looking forward to it, I think the pitch is in good condition, the best it’s been this season and hopefully we will get a good crowd up here with Pompey being away to Doncaster, so it’d be nice to get a big crowd down to Westleigh Park and with it being £6 it is very good value for money.”
Bradbury feels big crowds are needed for the Hawks this season as he feels making Westleigh Park a fortress is vital. “It’s really important. If we can perform the way that we have done at home and we can get those wins then the crowd will grow, get behind us as we try to go up the league and a lot of fans including Pompey fans will want to see teams such as Hartlepool, Leyton Orient and it’s great for our fans, making a reputation for ourselves and have been loyal to the club and me through thick and thin and these are the types of games we’ve been craving for and we need to make the most of the opportunities that come our way.”
Hawks face a tough home test against Salford City, the bookies favourites to win The National League, kick off at Westleigh Park is at 3pm. We’d appreciate your support.