Havant can still have say in title race

Havant's James Lester. 'Picture: Mick Young
Havant's James Lester. 'Picture: Mick Young
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Ady Adams is not concerned about Havant’s form and hopes it will be business as usual when they travel to Milton Keynes tomorrow (12.30pm).

Havant’s disastrous 3-2 defeat to title-rivals Sevenoaks in South League premier division one last week ended their hopes of promotion this season.

Despite the disappointment, Adams insists Havant still have a role to play in the title race.

He said: ‘This weekend is all part of the build-up to the end of the season when we play Old Georgians in the final game.

‘We still want to influence how the league is won, even though we can’t win it.

‘Milton Keynes are in a dogfight at the bottom of the table.

‘They’re going to throw everything at us to get the points.’

Milton Keynes are currently in 10th position and in the relegation zone and lost 4-1 last weekend to bottom-of-the-table Purley Walcountians.

Adams takes confidence from last week’s overall display and said: ‘I’m not worried about us as a side.

‘The performance from the whole match against Sevenoaks was very good.

‘The intensity was very good, it was just the five-minute spell that cost us.

‘Other than that we played very well and we stuck to our principles.’

Jonathan Pickett (hamstring) and Craig Duffy (ankle) are doubts, while James Lester is battling to be fit following his rib injury last week.

Meanwhile, the ladies travel to second-placed Barnes tomorrow (midday) in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one.

It is a tough ask for the Barncroft Way side to play the top two teams in consecutive weeks, after hosting Hampstead & Westminster last week.

However, if they produce a similar performance and keep up the momentum for 70 minutes, they have a good chance of coming back from London with something.

Havant took the lead against the leaders and it was only in the final quarter of the match when Hampstead took control and ran away with the three points.

Havant are currently eighth in the table.