Havant aiming to fire up survival bid

Andy Pett celebrates a goal for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (120157-04)
Andy Pett celebrates a goal for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (120157-04)
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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Havant will tomorrow bid to put some much-needed breathing space between themselves and the fight for National League conference west survival.

The Barncroft Way outfit travel to face Firebrands at Bristol Grammar School (2pm).

The hosts have already been relegated – having picked up just one point all season.

And, therefore, nothing less than a victory will do for Havant, who are hovering three points above the relegation play-off place.

Goals from Satchi Reddy, Andy Pett and Gurmukh Bhamra earned a 3-0 triumph in the reverse fixture.

However, the visitors are sweating on the fitness of Indy Laly and Maciej Janiszewski.

Elsewhere in conference west, Fareham host the University of Birmingham at Henry Cort (1.30pm).

A 3-2 win over Firebrands last weekend eased the drop fears of Nigel Cook’s men, who sit two points above Havant.

The head coach will now be looking for his side to kick on and move up into the top half of the table with victory tomorrow.

Amanda Hilsdon and Holly Firkins are set to return for Havant ladies’ first team today.

The duo will bolster the squad which is fighting for survival in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one.

Drew Emery’s side go into this afternoon’s home clash against Epsom with a two-point cushion over Guildford, who occupy the sole relegation spot.

But with the two under-threat outfits set to meet on the final day of the season at Barncroft Way, coach Emery will be keen to see his side edge further clear with a first home victory of the season today (1.30pm).

In South League Hampshire/Surrey division one, Fareham II host Old Cranleighans (1.30pm).

City of Portsmouth take on HAC in division two at the University of Portsmouth (2pm).

Meanwhile, in Hampshire League division one, Havant III host Andover and Fareham III visit Wimborne Wayfarers.

And in ladies’ action, Fareham host Haslemere and Havant II welcome Basingstoke II in division one of the county competition.