AFTER a tough start to their indoor hockey campaign, Havant coach Peter Nail insisted: Don’t count us out.
The team are currently bottom of the Men’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships division one table and facing relegation.
But a crunch match with Stourport awaits on Saturday (12.30pm) and Nail said: ‘I’m remaining upbeat.
‘The guys will enjoy their hockey and they will be competitive this weekend.’
Havant have so far lost four from four, including narrow 5-3 defeats to Bournville and Hampstead & Westminster.
Nail added: ‘We have some youngsters in the squad and some outdoor hockey players who don’t play much indoors.
‘The indoor game is significantly different.
‘Other teams have older players – if that’s not being too unkind – and have played indoor hockey for a number of years.’
However, there is hope Havant could launch a dramatic escape bid with four matches to play this weekend.
The Stourport match is crucial as they have also lost four from four.
England under-18 outdoor star Ben Mackey hit seven goals for Havant in the first four games and will hope for more in the vital clash.
Nail said: ‘Both teams will be looking to that game as a springboard to getting a foothold in the competition.
‘On top form, we are competitive with any team but we must limit the damage when we are not playing so well.’