Havant chasing survival

113775-364_HAV_HOCKEY_SR_22/10/11'Asction from Havant HC vs Fareham  in the E H L Conference West at Havant College.'Fareham keeper George HArris saves at the feet of Havant's Ben MacKey.''Picture:Steve Reid 113775-364
113775-364_HAV_HOCKEY_SR_22/10/11'Asction from Havant HC vs Fareham in the E H L Conference West at Havant College.'Fareham keeper George HArris saves at the feet of Havant's Ben MacKey.''Picture:Steve Reid 113775-364
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AFTER a tough start to their indoor hockey campaign, Havant coach Peter Nail insisted: Don’t count us out.

The team are currently bottom of the Men’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships division one table and facing relegation.

But a crunch match with Stourport awaits on Saturday (12.30pm) and Nail said: ‘I’m remaining upbeat.

‘The guys will enjoy their hockey and they will be competitive this weekend.’

Havant have so far lost four from four, including narrow 5-3 defeats to Bournville and Hampstead & Westminster.

Nail added: ‘We have some youngsters in the squad and some outdoor hockey players who don’t play much indoors.

‘The indoor game is significantly different.

‘Other teams have older players – if that’s not being too unkind – and have played indoor hockey for a number of years.’

However, there is hope Havant could launch a dramatic escape bid with four matches to play this weekend.

The Stourport match is crucial as they have also lost four from four.

England under-18 outdoor star Ben Mackey hit seven goals for Havant in the first four games and will hope for more in the vital clash.

Nail said: ‘Both teams will be looking to that game as a springboard to getting a foothold in the competition.

‘On top form, we are competitive with any team but we must limit the damage when we are not playing so well.’