Havant eyes double over students

Havant's Jon Smedley

Havant's Jon Smedley

Havant under-16s in the national finals (fourth place). 2017

Havant youngsters perform well at nationals

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Havant are determined to get back on track when they host the University of Birmingham at Havant College on Sunday (2pm).

The England Hockey League men’s conference west outfit pocketed just one point from six on offer last weekend.

They drew 2-2 with strugglers Stourport before suffering a 7-0 mauling at the hands of league leaders University of Exeter.

That has left Havant desperate to set the record straight and protect their position in the top half of the table.

One man determined the south-coast outfit celebrate victory is Simon Hanley, who will sign off for the season to go travelling.

Birmingham currently sit third from bottom and were beaten 1-0 by Stourport in their only fixture last weekend.

When Havant met the students earlier in the season, tomorrow’s hosts triumphed 4-3 with the winning goal coming seven minutes before the final whistle.

Hanley was on target that day and is gunning to complete a double on Sunday.

He was joined on the scoresheet by an Andrew Pett brace and one from Jon Smedley.

Fareham make the daunting trip to runaway league leaders University of Exeter on Sunday.

And judging by Havant’s crushing defeat, they will have to be at their very best to get anything from the game.

Havant’s ladies’ first team enjoyed a fine 2-0 away win at Hampstead & Westminster in south division one last Saturday.

They are now in a three-way battle – with Oxford Hawks and Guildford – for promotion to the national league and host Southampton tomorrow (1.30pm).

Looking to build on last weekend’s return to winning ways, Havant men’s second team travel to rock-bottom Trojans.

The second string are top of the Hampshire/Surrey League regional division one, with 32 points from 14 matches.

The club’s ladies’ second string have a busy weekend.

In Hampshire League division two they face City of Portsmouth at Burnaby Road tomorrow (1.30pm).

And then on Sunday, they host Lewes in the England Hockey Second XI Trophy quarter-final (11.15am).

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