Havant aim to cap fine week with win over Bristol

120152-02_MY_Hav_Hockey'Havant v Bath Buccaneers'Craig Mullon.'Pic Mick Young'05/02/2012
120152-02_MY_Hav_Hockey'Havant v Bath Buccaneers'Craig Mullon.'Pic Mick Young'05/02/2012
Laura Ryan in control for Fareham Ladies against Aldershot & Farnham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Fareham pay penalty against University of Birmingham

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HAVANT are aiming to cap a memorable week with success over Bristol Firebrands in National League conference west at Havant College tomorrow (12.30pm).

They are boosted by their stunning 2-0 win over table-toppers Cardiff last weekend.

That impressive result saw Havant climb to seventh in the table.

They were also celebrating a big lift off the field of play.

A six-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player was wiped out on appeal.

Club president Chris Pickett said: ‘England Hockey had fined Havant and deducted six points from this league season for an administration error regarding the registration of Craig Mullon in the 2011-12 season.

‘I am delighted to say that on Tuesday evening we won our appeal and the decision to fine and deduct points has been reversed.

‘It transpired we did have the necessary paperwork in place and had complied with the regulations – which came to light at a later date.’

Havant will wait to check on the fitness of captain Raj Laly, who sustained a facial injury at Cardiff.

They are aiming to extend a three-match unbeaten run when they face struggling Bristol.

The bottom club, however, earned their first point of the season when they took on Fareham last time out.

Fareham have suffered a five-game winless run in conference west.

They travel to University of Birmingham tomorrow (12.30pm).

Nigel Cook’s side sit in eighth, a point and two places behind tomorrow’s opponents but are confident of putting in a good display.

Cook said: ‘We normally play well on away trips and the message on our travels will be to stay focused and keep the belief.

‘I am not worried about the situation at the club, two wins will put us right back in the mix at the top of the table.

‘We have now drawn three games in the league this season and certainly two of them, if not all three, we should have turned into victories.’

Havant Ladies are also in action tomorrow when they travel to newly-promoted Teddington (1.30pm).

Last weekend’s battling 2-2 draw with Maidenhead will give Havant confidence as they chase a first win of the season in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one.