Havant out to blunt Buccaneers

Sam Hatherley. Picture: Mick Young

Sam Hatherley. Picture: Mick Young

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

Havant youngsters perform well at nationals

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Havant will bid for their first England Hockey League conference west triumph of the season tomorrow (1.30pm).

But they will have to get the better of two of their most promising starlets to do it.

In the first game on their relaid pitch, the Havant College outfit were beaten 6-2 by south-coast rivals Fareham last weekend.

Now they entertain reigning champions Team Bath Buccaneers, determined to get off the mark.

And in the Somerset side’s ranks are Sam Hatherley and Ben Mackey – two of Havant’s brightest young stars who are currently studying at Bath University.

Regardless of the presence of the duo, the visitors represent a daunting prospect for the youthful Havant side.

Despite losing to Cheltenham in their opening game, Bath bounced back with a 4-1 demolition of Cardiff last weekend.

Against the Welsh side they showed their variety from set-pieces, with three of their goals coming from penalty corners – via different scorers.

Havant do have a full-strength squad to choose from, though, with South African Satchi Reddi looking to build on a promising debut last weekend.

Reddi scored from his first penalty corner and will be aiming to continue in the same vein tomorrow.

Elsewhere in conference west, Fareham welcome Exeter University to Henry Cort School.

Both clubs are in action in the national cup competition on Sunday, with Fareham entertaining Hampstead & Westminster.

Havant will lock horns with a familiar face when they host South Premier League side Eastbourne (2pm), who have appointed Chris Bristow as their new first-team coach.

Bristow played in goal for the club for many years before moving to Surbiton to test himself at a higher level.

Meanwhile, Drew Emery will begin his reign as coach of Havant’s ladies’ first team with a trip to Southgate in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one.

Five new players have arrived since last season, including keeper Mel Install, Helen Moore and Lauren Thomas-Peter.

The ladies will push back at 10.30am at Trent Park in Oakwood.

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