Injury woes for Havant

Ollie Nail

Ollie Nail

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

Havant youngsters perform well at nationals

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Havant go into their weekend double-banker with a few injury concerns.

Ady Adams’ side are in league and cup action tomorrow and Sunday – and will need the extra squad depth to cover injuries.

The Barncroft Way outfit start a busy 24 hours by travelling to newly-promoted Henley in South League premier division one tomorrow (1.30pm).

The Oxfordshire side suffered a heavy 6-0 loss at Oxford Hawks last Saturday and sit seventh in the table, with six points from four games.

Havant also went down to a defeat in their last outing – 1-0 against Old Georgians – and will be hoping to bounce straight back.

It was their first loss of the campaign and saw them slip to second in the league.

If Adams’ side are to return to winning ways in the league, though, they will have to do it without Ollie Nail.

The midfielder went off in the early stages of last weekend’s match with a hamstring injury.

Last season’s player of the year has been an influential player and his presence will be missed.

Other injury doubts include Adrian Wilkinson and Duncan Marsh.

On Sunday, Havant host Premier division side Reading in the second round of the England Hockey Cup.

Reading are the competition’s reigning champions so it will be one of their stiffest tests of the season.

Push back at Havant College is at 1.30pm.

Meanwhile, just when Fareham seem to have built up some momentum, there is a break in National League conference west.

Confidence is high at Henry Cort following back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

And performance director Ben Barnes will be keen to add to that when he welcomes a new addition to the squad today.

Australian under-21 international Dan Robertson is flying into the country as the club’s overseas player for the season and will make his debut for the second team tomorrow.

There are no ladies fixtures this weekend.

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