Fareham target three points against Exeter

Alex Boxall returns for Fareham
Alex Boxall returns for Fareham
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 captain Alex Boxall says tomorrow’s Exeter University game is a must-win.

Exeter have struggled for form this season, having lost their last three games and are currently eighth in the league.

And Boxall has targeted maximum points from their National League conference west home encounter at Henry Cort Community College.

‘This is one of the game we’ve identified where we have to take three points,’ said Boxall.

‘We think we’re good enough to compete and take the three points.

‘They’ve had quite an exodus of players so we’re playing a team that we don’t know much about.

‘They will be quick and fit but I think we’re more than capable of taking them on.’

Fareham have dropped to fourth in the league after their 3-2 defeat to Cheltenham but can take heart from going 2-0 up at half-time.

Former Exeter man Josh Godfrey will be up against his old club while Boxall, Rob Wilson and James Seager all return to 
the fold after missing out last week.

New Australian signing Daniel Sampey makes his home debut up front but Ben Hibberd is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Boxall said: ‘Barring Hibberd, this is the strongest team we will have all season.

‘Josh Godfrey played for Exeter last year so I’m sure he’s really looking forward to playing against them.

‘It’s great to have Seager and Wilson playing together again.

‘We’ve had one or the other this season and only one game where they’ve both played.

‘They’ve both been at Fareham since they were young and they have real experience.’

Boxall says Sampey has settled in well at the club since his arrival from Perth last week.

‘Daniel Sampey makes his home debut on Saturday.

‘He was fairly tired last week after all his travelling but he’s had a good week of training and is looking strong.

‘This week we’re really going to see what he’s all about against a fairly new-look Exeter team.’

Fareham ladies also play at home in South division 3b against Andover.

They will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s 6-2 defeat to Wanderers.

Havant chairman Chris Pickett stressed the importance of picking up all three points at Oxford University on Saturday (2.30pm).

Havant are one of three teams to have a 100-per-cent record in South premier division one after three games.

They sit second in the league but only on goal difference – all the more reason to maintain the pressure on current 
leaders Old Georgians and Sevenoaks.

Pickett said: ‘After a fairly successful start to the league campaign with three wins from three and scoring 19 goals, we’re obviously looking to consolidate our position with another win.

‘So it’s important that we not only pick up points against those two teams, but vital that we pick up three points against teams in the mid to lower end of the table, like Oxford.’

On Sunday, Havant host Indian Gymkhana in the third round of the Now: Pensions Men’s Cup.

It will be Havant’s first foray into the national cup competition, after receiving byes from the previous two rounds.

The match will be a good test for Havant, having been relegated last season from the National League conference west, where Indian Gymkhana currently play.

Pickett said: ‘It’s nice to pit yourself against a team in a superior league and Sunday should be a fairly evenly-matched fixture.’

Richard Cook says his ladies side are determined to take on Hampstead & Westminster’s attacking threat this weekend.

Hampstead are joint top of the South Club’s Women’s League division one on goal difference, having scored 25 goals.

The match begins at 12 noon.