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Havant & Waterlooville boss Bradbury bemoans poor home form

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By Matt Bishop

Havant & Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury has bemoaned his side’s home form after they failed to beat Poole Town on Saturday.

On a blustery day in Hampshire, Havant had to settle for a 2-2 draw with the National League South strugglers, despite taking the lead.

It was yet another disappointing result on home soil for Bradbury’s side, who have only won one of their last five games at West Leigh Park, and the former Bournemouth player was less than impressed with how his players performed.

Bradbury told The News: “Our home form is not good enough and we can’t hide from it. We need to be brave at home and get on the ball.

“After taking the lead, I’m looking for us to kick on, score another goal and put the game to bed.

“In the first half with the wind behind us we were nowhere near effective enough. We didn’t get enough crosses into the box and didn’t get any shots on target. ‘They just sat in and made it hard for us particularly in that wind.’

The Hawks took the lead in the first-half when Jason Prior reacted quickly to smash home the rebound from his saved penalty, but Matt Neale and Warren Bentley made the most of some shocking defending to put the visitors ahead.

Alfie Rutherford restored parity when he bundled home a leveller in the 88th minute, but Bradbury was left frustrated by how his players defended.

“We gave away two awful goals and to concede in the manner that we did was poor.” said the Hawks boss. “The players showed a lot of character to get a draw but they know we should be beating Poole at home.”

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