Derby duel gives sides chance to get off mark

Satchinan Reddi is Havant's new overseas recruit
Satchinan Reddi is Havant's new overseas recruit
Matt Cox opened the scoring for Havant in their defeat at Cheltenham.  Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant fall to defeat at Cheltenham

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Fareham and Havant go head to head as they attempt to record a first win of the season this weekend.

The local rivals do battle in EHL Men’s Conference West at Havant College (2pm), bidding to register a league victory at the second time of asking.

Havant started their campaign with a 5-2 defeat at Guildford last weekend, while Fareham were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Whitchurch.

The home side are set to hand a debut to new overseas recruit Satchinan Reddi, after the South African arrived in the country yesterday having been granted a visa.

The 24-year-old – who is more commonly referred to as Satchi – has represented South Africa under-21s and has aspirations of selection for the full national team.

Reddi comes to Havant with high recommendation as an attacking midfielder and is reputed to specialise in drag flicking at penalty corners.

While Havant were second best against Guildford last Saturday, they could take encouragement from good periods of play in what was arguably a flattering scoreline for the hosts.

The Hampshire club fielded five new players without National League experience and it will take time to bed them in.

The Havant scorers against Guildford were Jonathan Pickett – with his first National League goal – from a penalty corner and a trademark reverse hit open-play goal from Andy Pett.

Fareham also fielded a crop of youngsters in their match with Whitchurch.

That included 15-year-old Luke Cornish and Matt Ramsey, 17, who was named man of the match by team manager Nigel Cook.

Fareham took an early lead through Ben Hibberd before they were pegged back midway through the second half.

With Conference West expected to be extremely tight once again, both teams will see Sunday’s clash as a great chance of getting a first win on the board.

Havant ladies’ firsts do not start their league season until next Saturday, September 29 when they have an away fixture at Southgate.

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