Havant keen to make a splash for visit of Bath

Havant's Jon Smedley
Havant's Jon Smedley
fareham's James Evans, right. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Havant men’s first XI host league leaders Bath Buccaneers this Sunday as they bid to go fifth in the Men’s Conference West division.

The locals currently lie seventh in the league table, but with fifth-place University of Birmingham and Whitchurch, in sixth, due to face each other tomorrow, Havant have a chance to climb the table and move away from their mid-table rivals.

It will be a tough task, though, with the joint-league leaders being defeated just once this season.

Havant, however, do have a glimmer of hope after being narrowly defeated 4-3 in the corresponding away fixture – despite leading 3-2 at half-time.

While Jim Drury’s side have ambitions to climb the table, they will know relegation also remains a possibility.

And with seven games left, now is the start of a make-or-break period in their season.

The threat of relegation is something second-from-bottom Fareham are also wary off.

They remain in deep trouble in the Men’s Conference West division, having won just twice all season.

Tomorrow they travel to Bournville – a side directly above them in the table.

If they lose, Fareham will be six points adrift of the eighth-place midlanders, and set for a relegation play-off with the Men’s Conference North’s ninth-placed side – likely to be Barford Tigers.

Fareham have reason to be upbeat, however, having beaten Bournville 3-2 last time out.

But since then their form has taken a dramatic turn for the worst, with six straight defeats – including a 7-0 thumping at the hands of Guildford last week.

Havant ladies’ firsts have enjoyed better fortunes this year, with another good win last weekend against Epsom.

An 11.45am push back against Harrow tomorrow should represent another three points for the side, as they look to keep up the pressure on Oxford Hawks and Guildford.

Havant men’s seconds face a crunch clash against joint-leaders Woking.