Second thoughts for Havant

Havant skipper Raj Laly is out for the season
Havant skipper Raj Laly is out for the season
Laura Ryan in control for Fareham Ladies against Aldershot & Farnham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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Havant men’s bid to finish second in EHL Conference West will be put to the test on Sunday.

Jim Drury’s team, who sit second in the table, travel to third-placed University of Birmingham.

Both teams currently stand on 27 points, with Guildford also on the same tally in fourth.

Havant cannot catch leaders Team Bath Buccaneers, who have already wrapped up the title. But a second-placed finish would cement what has been a fine season for the club.

A run of poor results, which saw them record three draws in four matches, saw the University of Birmingham drop down the table.

They bounced back to winning ways last weekend, though, with an impressive 4-0 triumph over Cheltenham.

Havant will be hoping for a similar result over the midlanders from the reverse fixture this term, when they won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Sam Hatherley and Pol Soms Irazola.

Captain Raj Laly is out for the season after receiving corrective surgery on his broken thumb this week.

Otherwise, Havant will be selecting from a full squad for this weekend’s match.

Fareham are also in Conference West action on Sunday as they host Lichfield (1.30pm).

The Henry-Cort based side are sixth in the table and will face a side currently occupying the relegation play-off spot.

While Fareham are five points ahead of Lichfield with three matches left to go in the campaign, they know one more win is needed to avoid getting sucked into the scrap for survival like last year, when they avoided the drop via the play-off system.

Havant ladies’ bid to build on last week’s gritty 0-0 draw at Maidenhead when they welcome Guildford to Havant College tomorrow (1.30pm) in south division one.

The ladies seconds play host to Andover in Hampshire division one (3pm), while Havant men’s seconds are at Oxted seconds.

n Don’t miss In The D in The News on Tuesday for reports and pictures from this weekend’s local hockey action.