Confident Havant looking forward to Old Georgians test

Sandeep Singh. Picture: Mick Young
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Ady Adams believes Havant’s crucial encounter at Old Georgians will be one of the highlights of the season.

The Barncroft Way side travel to Surrey tomorrow knowing a win takes them three points clear at the top of South League premier division one.

Games like this weekend are why we’re involved at this level

Ady Adams

Havant moved above their rivals on goal difference last weekend, thanks to a stunning 10-1 win over Banbury.

The stakes will be high and Adams is relishing the prospect.

‘Games like this weekend are why we’re involved at this level,’ he said.

‘A lot of people at Havant have put in a lot of time with travelling, training and juggling family commitments and they do it for games like this.

‘If we beat them, that will put us three points clear and at least four goals up, which certainly puts us at an advantage.

‘What’s important is that we’ve scored 24 goals in three games and we’ve shared them out and only let in five.

‘We’ve had a very successful pre-season and we’re taking that form through.

‘We’ve won our first three games and there’s a lot of confidence in the forward line at the moment, so it’s as good a time as any to play Old Georgians.’

The teams enjoy an intense rivalry, with both sides in the running to land the coveted promotion spot.

Last season Old Georgians finished 13 points clear of Adams’ side and won a controversially rearranged fixture when Havant were missing a number of first-team regulars.

Adams explained: ‘Away at their place last season we lost 5-0 because we had no Ben Cowling, Sandeep Singh and two or three others.

‘So it will be good to go there with what should be nearly a full-strength squad.

‘Players that aren’t in the side are putting pressure on those who are and if people step up to the plate they will get an opportunity to push for the first team.

‘Last season we had 17 or 18 players to choose from and if we had a few injured or unavailable, we were in trouble.

‘But this season we’ve got 23 players to pick from and healthy competition for places.

‘It’s a big squad effort and it’s not just the players I pick. The rest of them are having to put the pressure on the people I do take.’

Interestingly, the match pits the league’s top two goalscorers against each other – Sandeep Singh and ex-England international James Tindall.

Singh currently leads the goalscoring charts with 10 goals – three ahead of Tindall.

Havant hope to have Ady Wilkinson back after he missed the Banbury game through injury.

However, the match comes too early for Duncan Marsh, who injured his hamstring last weekend and is likely to be out for another two weeks.