Havant sweat on Pett fitness

Andy Pett. Picture: Mick Young (120157-04)
Andy Pett. Picture: Mick Young (120157-04)
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 are sweating on the fitness of Andy Pett ahead of their trip to Birmingham University tomorrow (12.30pm).

However, Pett is the only injury concern ahead of the National League conference west clash.

The experienced Havant player is currently struggling with a wrist problem.

The Havant College-based side will once again be searching for their first league victory.

While the south-coast outfit have suffered three consecutive defeats – and sit bottom of the pile – Birmingham have picked up four points from their three encounters to date.

The students lost 1-0 at Cardiff last time out but have only shipped three games so far this term.

Havant president Chris Pickett said: ‘Although we have yet to score a point in our first three games, we did have a confidence-boosting performance against Eastbourne on Sunday in the National Cup.

‘We won that 7-0 and hopefully this fresh confidence can be carried over to tomorrow.’

Elsewhere in the conference west, Fareham make the short trip to Guildford tomorrow (midday).

Fareham have picked up four points from their opening three fixtures, while their hosts sit top of the table.

Alongside Cheltenham, Guildford are one of only two sides currently boasting an unbeaten record.

They are also the equal top scorers – with Exeter University – having found the net 10 times already.

Meanwhile, Havant’s premier ladies outfit host Hampstead & Westminster at Havant College tomorrow (1.30pm).

The visitors finished third in South Club’s Women’s League division one last term.

Their promotion bid was ruined by Havant at the tail end of the season and Drew Emery’s ladies will be aiming for another success.

Havant are still settling down after many changes at the end of last term.

Emery has come in as coach and seven players have been drafted into the squad.

Nicola Wright and Steph Lurshay have stepped up from the second string, while Floor Dijkamns, Eveline Frouws, Lauren Thomas-Peters, Helen Moore and Mel Insall have all arrived at the club.

Hollie Smith returns from holiday this weekend but Holly Firkins is unavailable.