Havant keen to retain status as Hampshire’s top club

Raj Laly
Raj Laly
  • Havant play Trojans in Hampshire cup final
  • Adams looking for first piece of silverware as head coach
  • Club has several teams in cup finals
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Ady Adams believes the Hampshire Cup is the perfect platform for Havant to reassert their authority in the county.

The Barncroft Way side will play Trojans in Monday’s final at Haslemere (2.30pm) and will be looking to defend the crown they won last year.

After not being promoted this season, we still need to be seen to be the best team in Hampshire

Ady Adams

The showdown will have a different feel to it this year, though, as multiple finalists Fareham were knocked out in the semi-finals by Trojans.

South League premier division one side Havant cruised into the final of the competition for the fourth time in five years.

They secured their place following comfortable wins over Wimborne Wayfarers and Bournemouth in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Adams is now hoping his side can make up for the disappointment of not winning promotion to the National League by winning some silverware.

‘After not being promoted this season, we still need to be seen to be the best team in Hampshire,’ he said.

‘It’s a big thing to be the best in the county.

‘We’ve got a good bunch of lads who deserve to win something this season.

‘We’ve still got the opportunity 
to show we’re capable of winning things.

‘It’s definitely a big game. If Trojans were to beat us, it would be a massive piece of publicity for them because they’re playing the ladies in the other final aswell. They’ll be desperate to beat us.’

Adams has already had success in the competition with Winchester and he was the first-team assistant manager when Havant won the cup last year.

So now he is aiming to repeat the feat as head coach.

Adams said: ‘It would be good to win it in my first season as head coach.

‘It’s a cup final so it deserves our full attention.

‘We will absolutely be playing to win.’

Trojans finished fourth in South League premier division two last season and will provide a stern test for the Barncroft Way side.

‘They’re quite a good attacking side,’ added Adams.

‘We played Trojans in pre-season friendlies and they’ve always been good, close games.

‘We beat them on penalty strokes on the way to the final last year.

‘We will be looking to put as many past them as possible.

‘We will be trying to outscore Trojans and play our usual style of hockey.’

Havant will be without their overseas talents for the season finale.

But they welcome back a host of first-team players who were unavailable for the semi-finals.

Captain Raj Laly and Jonathan Pickett are just some of the players returning to the side.

Trojans, meanwhile, will have former Havant player Colin French in their ranks, who could cause problems with his pace.

Havant have been training as usual for the showpiece finale and will be keen to finish on a positive note.

There could be even more success on the cards for the locals, who have five other teams in cup finals.

The men’s second string take on Haslemere in the Hampshire Open League Cup final at 9.30am.

The ladies also play Trojans in their final at 12.45pm, while the boys and girls’ under-16s and the boys’ under-14s will also compete for county honours.