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Ahead of a tough test against Mark Jones’ side, Lee Bradbury talks about the game on the 3G surface as the run-in starts to approach.

“They're in good form at the moment so it will be a tough test for us they've changed formation since they've played us and had good fortunes playing that way and will be a tough nut to crack and on the 3G it's a surface we’re used to. It's a big game for us as we need to keep putting the pressure on Dartford.”

“Oxford are one of the in-form teams at the moment, it's a good test for us because there are one of the best sides to have come to Westleigh Park this season as far as having a go at us and thankfully on the day we nicked that goal to win the game 3-2 but it was a close game and one that was good to win.”

I asked the gaffer to reflect on Tuesday’s Hampshire Senior Cup win over AFC Bournemouth and how important the minutes of some of the fringe players will be with the congested conclusion to the season. “Where we had Saturday’s game off due to snow it was important to get those boys not getting minutes topped up to make sure they’re ready and raring to go which they did and capable to playing week in and week out.”

“We’ve got 8 games in 24 days coming up, a game every 3 days, which is a ridiculous number at any level in Football, that includes the Fareham game and so with a lot of games to play, he squad’s going to be utilised to the max to make sure everyone’s got a point to prove and a part to play.”

How hard will it be for the gaffer though to shuffle the pack over the next 12 games given the momentum built up. “When we’re winning games it’s hard to change lineups but I need to be sensible whilst at the same time you can’t expect players to grind out performances game after game after game 3 times a week every week. We’re going to utilise the squad and use it carefully to make sure we’re fresh, hungry and raring to go.”

Hawks head to Oxford City’s Court Farm Place tomorrow looking to get another crucial 3 points to help their automatic promotion chances. Amongst the Oxford ranks is former Hawk and one of the league’s in-form strikers in Matt Paterson who has scored 18 for City in The National League South this season. We would love to have your support for what is a big test for the Hawks.

Henry Deacon

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