Fareham look for reaction

James Seager takes a shot. Picture: Mick Young
James Seager takes a shot. Picture: Mick Young
Matt Cox opened the scoring for Havant in their defeat at Cheltenham.  Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant fall to defeat at Cheltenham

Have your say

Ben Barnes believes he can select his strongest side of the season as Fareham host Cheltenham on Sunday (1.30pm).

James Seager, Rob Wilson and Josh Godfrey all return to the ranks after work commitments ruled them out of last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Cardiff Met.

And having gone down to Cheltenham 3-2 in the reverse National League conference west fixture last month, the Fareham head of performance is determined to put that right.

‘It’s the first time this season we can pick from our strongest squad,’ said Barnes.

‘They beat us 3-2 last month so we owe them one but we were missing four key players.

‘Hopefully, it will make a difference that we have everyone back and available.’

Fareham have made progress this term and Barnes is looking for that to continue.

He said: ‘The ambition for the season is to finish higher than we did last season. That is the first port of call.

‘We know the league is a long way off but it’s about development and making progress.

‘We are definitely heading in the right direction.’

Havant are also out to respond to last week’s 2-1 defeat at Sevenoaks in South League premier division one with a home clash against Milton Keynes tomorrow (1.30pm).

Ady Adams’ men tasted defeat for the first time in the league this season but the Havant coach is looking for a positive reaction.

He said: ‘It’s a good opportunity to bounce back from last weekend.

‘We will be expected to win. Milton Keynes won their first game of the season last weekend against a team that has lost every game so far.

‘But we have to make sure we don’t take this game lightly.

‘We have had some chats about that so we will be doing our best to get back to winning ways.

‘It’s important we get back on the right track for the game against Old Georgians next month.’

Havant’s ladies, who earned a 3-2 win at Teddington, host Tulse Hill & Dulwich in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one (11.45am).