Fareham face battle with Guildford... Havant eye second win

Fareham's Ben Hibberd. Picture: Sarah Standing (142623-7970)
Fareham's Ben Hibberd. Picture: Sarah Standing (142623-7970)
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Fareham edge thriller at Havant

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Fareham will be primed for a fierce battle when they visit Guildford in National League conference west tomorrow (2pm).

The Henry Cort side suffered a 2-1 defeat against the University of Birmingham last weekend with several big chances not turned into goals.

Head coach Steve Lemon knows it is vital the team quickly put that defeat behind them.

He said: ‘This will probably be another close game.

‘It is always a tough game at Guildford. They are a physical side.

‘We are looking to bounce back after the defeat to Birmingham.

‘If we can convert a few more chances we will hopefully get a win at Guildford.’

Striker Ben Hibberd will miss the game due to the hamstring injury he picked up in last weekend’s defeat, while scorer Josh Godfrey is also out.

Meanwhile, Havant go to Oxford Hawks in the South League premier division tomorrow (2pm).

The men from Barncroft Way are in great spirits after the 7-2 demolition of Lewes.

Havant were a bit sluggish out of the blocks in that game but their second-half display was right on the money.

Coach Ady Adams believes his team should make it two wins from two matches.

He said: ‘It was a shaky first half but we can take confidence from the second-half performance against Lewes.

‘Oxford are a mid-table side. We should beat them.

‘I’m not going to guarantee it, though.

‘We definitely need to build some momentum for the big games coming up.

‘Old Georgians and Sevenoaks are the best teams.

‘We need to build some momentum for the matches against them, as they will be the teams challenging at the top of the league.’

Havant picked up no new injuries last weekend.

Hat-trick hero Sandeep Singh will be looking to build on his superb debut, while fellow scorers Michael Deller-Merricks, Oliver Nail and James Speke are also expected to be in the squad again.

In South Clubs’ Women’s League division one, Havant travel to Oxford University tomorrow (12.30pm).

And Fareham host Southampton in a South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B derby contest (10am).