Fareham’s fight for survival may hinge on Havant result

Satchi Reddy, left, has returned to South Africa. Picture: Mick Young (124203-01)
Satchi Reddy, left, has returned to South Africa. Picture: Mick Young (124203-01)
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For the second time in three seasons, Fareham are praying for a Havant favour as their fight for National League conference west survival goes right to the wire.

But unlike 2011 – when the Henry Cort side were plunged into the relegation play-offs after their fierce rivals could only draw with Bournville – they are hoping their prayers will be answered.

Fareham sit two points above the play-off berth.

But fellow-strugglers Cheltenham have the relative penalty-kick that is a trip to Bristol Firebrands, who have claimed just one point all season.

With the Gloucestershire outfit expected to claim victory, Fareham and Whitchurch are left in the shake-up for the play-off place.

Fareham entertain fourth-placed Team Bath Buccaneers in a daunting clash at Henry Cort Community College on Sunday (2pm).

Meanwhile, Whitchurch host Havant (2pm).

And although Fareham’s destiny remains in their own hands, their fierce rivals can see them safe by avoiding defeat in Wales.

Havant would need to lose to Whitchurch by 10 unanswered goals to be dragged into danger themselves.

Regardless, they are determined to finish on a high.

And that will be music to the ears of Fareham head coach Nigel Cook and his troops.

Havant president Chris Pickett said: ‘We will be going to Whitchurch determined to reverse the scoreline when the two teams met at Havant College in November.

‘We lost 1-0 in a scrappy game when we did everything but score.

‘We were unable to make our territorial advantage count. It was a very frustrating game.’

Havant are without Satchi Reddy, who has returned to South Africa after his visa ran out, while Indy Laly and Gerald Cox are sidelined through injury.

Meanwhile in ladies’ hockey, Havant’s first team have their own relegation decider at Barncroft Way in South Club’s Women’s League division one tomorrow (1.30pm).

Only victory will do for Drew Emery’s side as they bid to send visitors Guildford down instead.