Havant out to avenge Tulse Hill defeat

Mark Robinson. Picture: Neil Marshall
Mark Robinson. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Mark Robinson hopes Havant can avenge their last defeat to Tulse Hill & Dulwich tomorrow (midday) and end their South Clubs’ Women’s League division one campaign on a high.

The ladies secured their status in the division with an important win over Teddington last weekend but now they are targeting back-to-back victories.

Coach Robinson took a great deal of confidence from his side’s first-half performance against Tulse Hill in November, despite losing 3-0.

But now he is looking forward to reversing that result this weekend.

He said: ‘Just because we’ve done the job, it doesn’t mean we can sit back.

‘I’m really looking forward to the game against Tulse Hill & Dulwich.

‘We’ve got full availability again.

‘I always felt very hard done by when we last played Tulse Hill.

‘Last time we lost 3-0. They’re a good team and I think it would be a really nice way to finish the league season by amending our last result.’

He added: ‘What I’ve seen over the last month has been brilliant.

‘Everyone’s attitude and focus has been spot on.

‘The threat of relegation – you either deal with it or you don’t – and I’m very pleased with how the squad have coped.

‘It’s brought the best out of them.

‘The challenge is to get the best without being threatened with relegation and be a top-half team, which I believe we are capable of.’

Havant also have a semi-final to look forward to in the Hampshire Cup, when they will play Basingstoke on April 12.

Meanwhile, the men;s first XI will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Spencer when they travel to Staines in South League premier division one tomorrow (11.30am).

Havant were beaten 2-1 last weekend and seem to have lost momentum since the catastrophic loss to Sevenoaks.

More pride will be required against Staines, who are ninth in the league and who are still mathematically fighting against relegation.