Havant’s ambitions under microscope against University of Birmingham

Havant coach Raj Laly. Picture: Neil Marshall
Havant coach Raj Laly. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Havant face a test of their National League conference west credentials on Sunday (2pm).

Raj Laly’s outfit entertain second-placed University of Birmingham at Barncroft Way.

Havant, who have risen to third spot – one point behind their visitors, are unbeaten in five matches.

Federico Bertoni and Matt Cox netted last weekend as they earned a point in a 2-2 draw at Oxford Hawks.

The University of Birmingham, meanwhile, were knocked off top spot following a 3-2 defeat by new leaders Olton & West Warwicks.

Sunday’s fixture doubles as Havant’s sponsors and patrons day, so a large home crowd is expected to be roaring their side on.

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

The hosts slid to seventh in the table following a 3-3 draw with Cardiff & Met last weekend.

Martin Gough, Chris Davey and Niall Stott netted as they held the fourth-placed outfit.

The University of Bristol arrive one place and one point ahead of Fareham.

Havant face a south coast derby at Trojans in South Clubs’ Women’s League division two on Saturday (1.30pm).

Patrcja Hyla’s squad will be aiming to build on their 1-1 draw at leaders Marlow last weekend.

That point, which came courtesy of a superb team performance, saw them rise to eighth place in the table – third from bottom.

Trojans are just one place and three points ahead of Havant, with three games remaining before the Christmas break.

Fareham welcome second-placed Wanderers to Henry Cort in division three B (1.30pm).

A 4-1 defeat at Teddington last time out dented the progress of the home side.

It was only their second reverse of the campaign and saw them drop to sixth in the standings.