Havant must maintain momentum at Oxford

Sandeep Singh
Sandeep Singh
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 chairman Chris Pickett stressed the importance of picking up all three points at Oxford University on Saturday (2.30pm).

Havant are one of three teams to have a 100-per-cent-record in South premier division one after three games.

They sit second in the league but only on goal difference – all the more reason to maintain the pressure on current leaders Old Georgians and Sevenoaks.

Pickett said: ‘After a fairly successful start to the league campaign with three wins from three and scoring 19 goals, we’re obviously looking to consolidate our position with another win.

‘It seems from the pattern of other results that Old Georgians and Sevenoaks are the other two teams who will be competing for the league title.

‘So it’s important that we not only pick up points against those two teams, but vital that we pick up three points against teams in the mid to lower end of the table, like Oxford.

‘They’ve had a slow start to the season but as they are a university side, they are getting their players back and will be stronger.’

Oxford have one win out of three and are ninth in the league.

On Sunday, Havant host Indian Gymkhana in the third round of the National Cup.

It will be Havant’s first foray into the competition, after receiving byes from the previous two rounds.

The match has a start time of 2pm at Havant College.

The tie will be a good test for Havant, having been relegated last season from the National League conference west, where Indian Gymkhana currently play.

Pickett said: ‘It’s nice to pit yourself against a team in a superior league and Sunday should be a fairly evenly-matched fixture.’

The focus will be upon Sandeep Singh, who leads Havant’s goal scoring table with seven goals – all from penalty corners.

Richard Cook says his ladies side are determined to take on Hampstead & Westminster’s attacking threat this weekend.

Hampstead are joint top of the South Clubs’ Women’s League division one on goal difference, having scored 25 goals.

Cook said: It’s going to be a very interesting match, given our success against Reading last week.

‘They’re prolific goalscorers and have a very speedy centre forward but we’ve prepared tactically for that.

‘We’re equally determined to try and nullify their attacking threat.’

The match starts at 12 noon.

Fareham captain Alex Boxall says tomorrow’s Exeter University game is a must-win.

Exeter have struggled for form this season, having lost their last three games and are currently eighth in the league.

And Boxall has targeted maximum points from their National League conference west home encounter.

‘This is one of the game we’ve identified where we have to take three points,’ said Boxall.

‘We think we’re good enough to compete and take the three points.

‘They’ve had quite an exodus of players so we’re playing a team that we don’t know much about.’

Former Exeter man Josh Godfrey will be up against his old club while Boxall, Rob Wilson and James Seager return to 
the fold after missing out last week.

New Australian signing Daniel Sampey makes his home debut up front but Ben Hibberd is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Boxall said: ‘Barring Hibberd, this is the strongest team we will have all season.

‘Josh Godfrey played for Exeter last year so I’m sure he’s really looking forward to playing against them.’

Fareham ladies also play at home in South division 3b against Andover.

They will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s 6-2 defeat.