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Hawks Boss Sticks To His Plan

Lee Bradbury, manager of Conference South club Havant & Waterlooville, continued to shrug off pre-season results after a 3-0 defeat to Football League newcomers Newport County at Westleigh Park.

The Hawks have now played four games against higher-level opposition – suffering defeats to Wycombe and Pompey and drawing with Salisbury City, courtesy of a header from Ryan Woodford.

Newport looked the most accomplished side of the lot on Saturday and the home side struggled to make any impact with the ball.

But despite the results, boss Bradbury (pictured) remains happy with what he has seen from his squad.

He has underlined the need for a test of fitness in the opening matches of pre-season and will now look to hone his side's attacking play in games with the likes of Fareham and Bognor.

"The plan was to start with four tough games at home to get my players working hard off the ball," said the former Pompey striker.

"It is designed to get fitness levels up and, in that respect, things have gone to plan. Overall, it has been a good exercise.

"Against Newport we were up against a very good, experienced side full of confidence after their promotion.

"Their formation caused us a few problems and we didn't create too many chances.

"They were well organised but we stuck at it, playing to our strengths and trying to nullify theirs."

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