Havant relishing Old Georgians test

Havant coach Ady Adams. 'Picture: Mick Young
Havant coach Ady Adams. 'Picture: Mick Young
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Ady Adams believes Havant will be a different proposition playing against Old Georgians with a full-strength side tomorrow (3pm).

Adams’ side host the South League premier division one leaders at Havant College in their penultimate match of the season.

The home side have nothing to play for, having secured third place, but they could have a say in where the title goes.

Old Georgians must win to maintain their title ambitions, as second-placed Sevenoaks are just two points behind with a game in hand.

The last time the sides met in January, Havant were missing Sandeep Singh – along with several other first-team players – and as a result they lost 5-0.

So now they are looking to turn it around, especially with a full team available.

Adams said: ‘We’re quite excited to be playing them in a game that they have to win.

‘If we can’t win the league ourselves, at least we can decide who does.

‘It’s a chance to test ourselves against a side top of the league.

‘We should be a lot more confident going in with a full squad, it should make a massive difference.’

However, Adams is under no illusions about how tough the task will be against a side who have scored 119 goals this season.

Liam Doidge leads the goalscoring charts with 33 goals, closely followed by former Great Britain international James Tindall, with 32.

‘Old Georgians have got the first and second top goalscorers in the league and between them they’ve got 65 goals,’ said Adams.

‘Last time, they scored four of their five goals from penalty corners and we missed five out of five.

‘We haven’t played Old Georgians with a full squad, so now’s our chance.’

He added: ‘We’re definitely good enough to beat them.

‘We need to keep the pitch tight when they’re in possession because they do have players who like to be one-versus-one.

‘We just need to take our chances when they come.

‘I would be surprised if either side keeps a clean sheet.’