Adams: Reasons for Havant to be positive

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Ady Adams felt there were reasons to be positive despite seeing his Havant side suffer a double defeat over the weekend.

Havant went down 2-1 at Sevenoaks for their first defeat in South League premier division one this season on Saturday, and then crashed out of the National Cup at the fourth-round stage with a 2-0 home loss to Sheffield Hallam 24 hours later.

But while the Havant coach was disappointed, he believes there were plenty of signs that his side can still challenge for honours this season.

Adams said: ‘I’ve had better weekends!

‘At Sevenoaks, we were on top for large portions of the game but it came down to the fact that we didn’t take some very good chances.

‘They capitalised on a couple of mistakes.

‘Overall, I felt a draw would have been the right result.

‘But they are a good, experienced side and sometimes that is the difference in a tight game.’

Havant certainly had their chances to extend their unbeaten start to the league campaign and took the lead through Tomasz Nowicki, when he drove his shot home from the top of the circle in the 15th minute.

But Sevenoaks hit back before the interval as a deflected shot flew past Ben Cowling.

And the Kent outfit grabbed the points when they netted what proved to be the winner early in the second half.

Adams said: ‘We are still only one point off the top of the table and there’s part of me that would prefer to chase another side than being out in front.

‘We were disappointed to lose our first league game of the season but they are a good side and there was only one goal between us.

‘I felt we were as good as them for the majority of the game.’

In the cup clash with Sheffield Hallam, Cowling saved one of two penalty strokes awarded against Havant but it could not prevent a defeat.

The Yorkshire side, who play in the equivalent of the division above Havant, scored their first goal early and then added the second late in the game.

Adams said: ‘We mixed it with them and had our opportunities.

‘There was not a huge gulf between the teams.

‘It was a good, battling performance.’

Fareham went down to a 4-2 loss at Cardiff Met in the National League Conference West.

Daniel Sampey and Ben Hibberd put Fareham 2-0 up inside nine minutes, but Cardiff roared back to seal the victory.