Havant prepare for must-win clash at Guildford

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Havant have a golden opportunity to put some breathing space between themselves and the South Club’s Women’s League division one relegation zone.

Drew Emery’s team head to Broadwater School in Godalming to face bottom-club Guildford tomorrow (1.30pm).

Just one point separates the two sides, who have been cut adrift at the foot of the table.

One team will be relegated when the season reaches its climax – and it is looking increasingly like a two-horse race for safety.

While Havant’s position is a concern for everyone at Barncroft Way, it is unsurprising given the number of departures during the summer.

Only four players from last term’s side remain, with a raft of players stepping up from the second string or joining the club in the close season.

They are still gelling and this is the first week of the campaign Emery has been able to select the same squad.

After a 3-0 home defeat to fellow-strugglers Woking last weekend, Havant will be determined to learn from their mistakes.

The Surrey side gave them a lesson at Havant College.

They were well organised and worked tirelessly – as a unit – off the ball.

Woking’s work-rate put the home side under pressure and forced them into mistakes at every turn.

Disrupted and frustrated, Havant were unable to find a way back into the game.

While they do not possess a natural goalscorer – since the exit of Hollie Smith – they do have enough fire-power to pose a threat to Guildford, provided they can look after the ball and build from a solid base.

HAVANT: Insall, Thomas-Peter, Moore, Tyrell, Lister, Dijkamns, Hilsdon, Hudson, Pugh, Paxman, Lurshay, Frouws, Wright, Brigg.

n United Services’ ladies protect their perfect record in a Hampshire League division five derby with unbeaten Fareham at HMS Temeraire.

The club’s Masters travel to Bournemouth.