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The Hawks have 5 games left. 5 Cup finals, 5 games that could define the direction the club goes in for the forseeable future and 5 games for these Hawks players to write themselves into club folklore. Lee Bradbury looks ahead to the first of these against Welling United tomorrow and is looking forward to the game and the hostile atmosphere which will be provided.


“We feel we owe Welling one”. Said the Gaffer referring to the 3-2 defeat to the Wings back in September. “We dominated the game that day and they end up scoring 3 counter attack goals and we want to reverse that result really but they are in good form, were unlucky to draw up at Hampton in their last game so it’s a tough game for us.”


I asked the gaffer whether with the tightness at the top and goal difference now potentially playing a factor whether on top of winning there is a way of winning to which he replied. “It could come down to that but at the same time we don’t want to become too open to the counter attack and we have the best defensive record in the league, although they have scored more goals we have the better goal difference even if it is just one. It is very tight but I’d rather keep the good defensive record and give us the opportunity to win games.”


Welling a ground where their fans get behind their side very vocally and the lads are going to relish the atmosphere which will be provided. “I always looked forward to playing in good atmosphere’s and if their supporters are giving you stick then we will see it as a compliment because they’re trying to put you off your game and it spurs you on that bit more and that’s been the case when we’ve been put under pressure. I think we’ve reveled in it and enjoyed it.”


On the injury front, news sounded positive in regards to Ryan Woodford and Brian Stock. “”Last night Woody had some treatment and reacted well to it, going to be too early for him to be involved I feel Saturday whilst for Brian Stock he’s done the warm-up yesterday and joined in on training, he’s fit but not fully fit for my liking as he’s only had one training session.”


And as predicted Mike Carter’s injury is one which will take a while to nurse. “Mike Carter as we thought was a pretty bad hamstring injury so he’s going to be out for some time”.


Hawks look to clip the wings of Welling tomorrow afternoon as the race for a place in Non-League’s top table hots up. We would value your support massively tomorrow for a massive game for the Hawks.


Henry Deacon

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