Fareham throw open gates to ‘sporting spectacle’

Fareham take the lead against Havant last season. Picture: Mick Young
Fareham take the lead against Havant last season. Picture: Mick Young
Matt Cox opened the scoring for Havant in their defeat at Cheltenham.  Picture: Keith Woodland

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Colin Bradbury is predicting a ‘great sporting spectacle’ as Fareham welcome fierce rivals Havant to Henry Cort Community College tomorrow (5pm).

The two south-coast heavyweights, who both recorded their maiden wins of the new campaign last week, meet in National League conference west.

The hosts are offering free entry as they aim to keep the pressure on the division’s early pacesetters with a derby success.

And chairman Bradbury reckons fans will be treated to a thrilling contest.

He said: ‘This should be a great spectacle of top-class hockey – with both sides winning well last weekend.

‘To help make this a great local sporting occasion, we’ve decided not to charge admission.

‘Hopefully this will encourage as many people and their families to come along and cheer on both teams in what should be a great atmosphere.’

The fixture is the first National League match Fareham have hosted under floodlights.

They invested in upgrading the lighting during the summer and are keen to put on a show tomorrow.

Fareham beat Havant in both derbies last term – but finished lower in the table as they only escaped the drop on the final day.

They are determined to keep hold of the bragging rights – and performance director Ben Barnes reckons motivation will not be a problem.

He said: ‘It is a game both sets of players will be looking forward to.

‘There will not be a problem motivating the team to play Havant.

‘Derbies are special occasions and I am sure it will not disappoint.’

The match will be sponsored by Portland Business Recovery.