Havant & Waterlooville boss Bradbury fancies his side's chances against Grimsby Town
HAVANT & Waterlooville boss Lee Bradbury looked ahead to Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Grimsby Town and insisted: We can beat anyone on our day.
The Hawks visit Blundell Park for the Second Round encounter after overcoming another Blue Square Bet Premier side, Braintree, at the previous hurdle.
Since taking over the hot seat at West Leigh Park in October, Bradbury has hauled his side out of the relegation zone.
Having lost just once in their last six games – including that win over the Iron – the Conference South side head north in confident mood.
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And the former Manchester City striker feels his side are hitting form at the perfect time.
“Saturday is a great chance for our players to take on one of the top sides in the Conference and a full-time, professional outfit,” he told the Telegraph.
“I’ve been at the club a couple of months and it takes a bit of time to implement your own ideas. The lads have bought into that now and found a bit of consistency.
“So it will be a good measuring stick for me and the players to see how well we can do this season.
“There are a lot of games left and we’re only seven points off the play-offs even though we’re 17th in the league.
“A good result at Grimsby could give the lads more confidence or work the other way as well and knock the stuffing out of them.
“We’re looking to be competitive and if we play to the best of our ability, or near to it, we should be a good test for Grimsby.
“On our day we’re capable of beating anyone in our league and the one above. If we can get that level of consistency out of the boys on Saturday then we should give Grimsby a good game.”
Bradbury has mixed memories of his last visit to Cleethorpes – a 3-2 defeat for Bournemouth in 2010.
“I’ve played there a lot and scored the last time,” he added. “It’s always a good surface which is important for the players and means we can look to pass it around.
“I’d much rather play in a stadium with a fantastic pitch and not the greatest surroundings, rather than the other way around.”