Ady Adams bullish about Havant’s big weekend

Havant's Jamie Whitehouse has been ruled out with a foot injury. Picture: Mick Young (151763-09)
Havant's Jamie Whitehouse has been ruled out with a foot injury. Picture: Mick Young (151763-09)
  • Barncroft Way side face league rivals Milton Keynes on Saturday
  • University of Cambridge are hosts in Sunday’s national cup clash
  • Jamie Whitehouse ruled out by Raj Laly is expected back
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Ady Adams has revealed Havant are relishing their weekend away.

The Barncroft Way coach will take his South League premier division one outfit to Milton Keynes tomorrow as their promotion push continues.

They will then stay in a hotel overnight before Sunday’s clash with the University of Cambridge in the third round of the England Hockey Cup.

And after knocking reigning champions Reading out in the last round, Adams is bullish about their chances of making the quarter-finals.

He said: ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better draw.

‘Cambridge are mid-table in the east equivalent of our league.

‘We know very little about them, so it will be a good test for us.

‘It is something different and a new experience being away for the weekend.’

Milton Keynes lie in seventh spot in premier division one and suffered a 7-4 defeat at the hands of league leaders Old Georgians last weekend.

Havant skipper Raj Laly is expected to return from injury for the trip.

Adrian Wilkinson and Duncan Marsh could both be back in contention, too.

But Jamie Whitehouse is ruled out for at least six weeks after undergoing an operation on his foot.

Sandeep Singh is still carrying a back injury but is expected to be involved.

Elsewhere, Fareham will play host to bottom club Guildford in National League conference west tomorrow (5.30pm).

There will be fitness tests for captain Alex Boxall and Jonathan Price, while Mo Rahman will be on the opposing side after switching clubs last week.

Fareham are looking for their fourth win on the bounce.

Havant’s premier ladies’ side travel to Horsham in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one (1.30pm).

Mark Robinson’s side are currently propping up the table with just a single point from their opening seven matches.

Their Sussex hosts, meanwhile, are having a reasonable campaign following their relegation from the National League.

A 5-2 defeat at the hands of Staines last weekend was only their second reverse of the season and left them fourth in the table.

In division three B, Fareham will be aiming to get back on track following a 3-1 loss to Surbiton III.

They host Eastbourne, who are only below the Henry Cort outfit on goal difference, at 11.45am.

Back in the men’s divisions, Havant II and Fareham II are both in action in South League Hampshire/Surrey regional division one.

Fareham travel to south-coast rivals Chichester II, while Havant’s second string entertain Basingstoke.

In the second division, Addiscombe visit Henry Cort to face Fareham III and City of Portsmouth travel to Sunbury & Walton Hawks.