Lee Bradbury saluted the steely attitude of his Hawks as they ground out another away win in National League South.

A 53rd-minute strike from substitute Alfie Rutherford earned them a 1-0 win at East Thurrock United. It was a seventh success on the road for the Westleigh Park outfit, who have only suffered one defeat on their travels this term.

The victory in Essex saw the Hawks rise to fourth place in the table. And Bradbury was once again impressed with the mental toughness shown by his troops.

The manager said: “We produced another very good performance. After starting well we should have been two or three up in the opening 20 minutes.

“East Thurrock are a hard-working side, though, and came back at us. But we were very strong defensively and kept them out.”

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