League leaders Havant want to keep momentum going

Havant coach Ady Adams. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142915-3)

Havant coach Ady Adams. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142915-3)

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Havant coach Ady Adams has stressed the importance of maintaining momentum going into his side’s home clash with Old Cranleighans tomorrow (1.30pm).

The Barncroft Way outfit top South League premier division one on goal difference, after a 3-0 triumph over Oxford University last weekend.

Coupled with a good win against Indian Gymkhana in the National Cup, Havant have really hit the ground running.

But Adams warns they need to keep up their winning streak.

He said: ‘They were two very good performances, so I’m very happy.

‘There was a lot of pressure on the weekend to get a result because our rivals Sevenoaks and Old Georgians played against each other.

‘The performance showed we keep raising the bar so that’s the level of performance I want to maintain.

‘We’ve just got to keep it going into the next game.

‘It’s going to be business as usual – there’s no point having a good week like that if you’re to throw it away.’

Old Cranleighans are mid-table, having scored just twice in three games.

However, they have only conceded once in that time and Adams is expecting a tough battle at Havant College.

‘Old Cranleighans are going to be a tough side,’ said Adams.

‘They have only played three matches so far and they’ve won one, drawn one and lost one.

‘They’re always a difficult team to play against.

‘They’ve got lots of experienced players.’

Adams has instilled a renewed attacking ethos into the side this season and that is now paying dividends.

The team have scored 22 goals 
in four league games this term and are joint-top scorers with Old Georgians.

‘I’m happy we’re scoring a lot of open-play goals and not just relying on Sandeep Singh,’ added first-team coach Adams.

‘He’s only scored seven or eight of the 22 goals and the others are all chipping in.’

Havant are also benefitting from having a settled squad, with the same group of players being chosen every week.

Adams said: ‘There won’t be any changes for the game this weekend.

‘We’ve got the same players to pick from every week, which is good.’

Havant’s ladies are without a game this weekend but resume their South Clubs’ Women’s League division one campaign at home to Barnes on November 8.

Fareham also take a break from National League conference west this weekend.

They beat Exeter 3-2 last time out, thanks to a late Danny Rawlings strike.

Ben Barnes’ side are back in action on November 9 when they make the first of two successive trips to Cardiff.

They cross the Severn Bridge to play Whitchurch and then return to take on Cardiff & Met the following weekend.

Havant ladies’ next game in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B is at Horsham II on November 8.

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