Havant aim for Oxford double

Havant Seconds and Fareham Seconds to battle.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150031-4)
Havant Seconds and Fareham Seconds to battle. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150031-4)
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Havant know the pressure is on to record a victory against Oxford Hawks at home tomorrow (1.30pm).

Title-rivals Old Georgians and Sevenoaks both won last weekend.

Havant were left frustrated with their match against Lewes postponed.

They are now seven points behind leaders Sevenoaks, with a game in hand.

Havant coach Ady Adams knows that gap cannot be allowed to grow more.

He said: ‘The other two teams at the top have pulled away from us a bit now.

‘It’s important we win against Oxford to stay in touch.

‘We’ve trained quite hard and we’re keen to get going again.’

Havant are aiming for a double against Oxford after winning the reverse fixture 6-3 in October.

Sandeep Singh scored twice in that match but is not due to return to action for the club until February 28.

Havant will undoubtedly miss his short-corner prowess.

However, Adams believes the hard work in training will help the team cover for his absence.

He added: ‘I’m confident we will score goals from open play.

‘Sandeep scored two goals last time we played Oxford but we didn’t play that well.

‘We went 2-0 up and then they came back to 2-2 when we took our foot of the gas – we need to remedy that.’

In South League Hampshire/Surrey regional one, Havant Seconds go to Epsom tomorrow.

The Barncroft Way outfit drew 2-2 at home to Fareham Seconds last weekend.

Fareham host Woking tomorrow.

Meanwhile in South Clubs’ League division one, Havant Ladies are at home to Southgate tomorrow (1.30pm).

Chantelle Strudwick replaces Lauren Wake in goal for Havant.

Anna Reynolds is out due to England under-18s training and Hollie Smith misses the game due to injury.

But Steph Lurshay returns to boost the squad.

On Sunday, Havant Ladies travel away to Winchester in round one of the Hampshire Cup (12midday).