Havant taking Lewes game seriously

Havant captain Raj Laly. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Havant captain Raj Laly. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Ady Adams does not want Havant’s final game of the season to be a dead-rubber.

The Barncroft Way side travel to Lewes tomorrow for their final game of the South League premier division one campaign.

It’s a big game for them but it’s also quite important for us to finish on a high and see where we are so we can plan for next season

Ady Adams

The match was originally scheduled for January but had to be rearranged due to a frozen pitch at Lewes.

Havant effectively have nothing to play for, having comfortably secured third place in the table.

Their opponents, however, are second from bottom in the table and in danger of having to enter a play-off match with a side from South League premier division two – unless they can beat their visitors.

Lewes are only one point behind third-from-bottom Milton Keynes, so a win would lift them out of trouble on the final day of the season.

Despite the match bearing little impact on their season, Havant’s coach is still determined to produce a good performance.

Adams said: ‘I will definitely be going there with the intention of winning.

‘I’ve always had the attitude that if you can’t win the league, you need to influence it.

‘It would be wrong to go in without the intention of winning it.

‘I’ve been in this position before, where the last game almost peters out into a summer league match where no-one is really bothered and you’re just going through the motions.

‘It’s not only dull but it can be quite dangerous because you do things you wouldn’t normally do and the opposition may also do things they wouldn’t normally do.

‘The match is not anything of significance for us, whereas Lewes are currently in a relegation play-off spot.

‘It’s a big game for them but it’s also quite important for us to finish on a high and see where we are so we can plan for next season.

‘Lewes have got quite a nice ground. I don’t know what their following is like but they might have quite a few people come to watch because it’s obviously very important for them.’

Havant’s squad will be much-changed from the side who took on Old Georgians a fortnight ago.

Sandeep Singh has returned to India, having made a huge impact on his debut season on the south coast.

He is the club’s top goalscorer with 24 goals.

However, his absence could pave 
the way for a return for Satchi Reddy, who has been playing for the second team.

The South African international has been unable to play in the side because only one overseas player can play at a time.

Polish duo Maciej Janiszewski and Tomasz Nowicki will also be missing, along with captain Raj Laly.

However, Adams pointed out it is a key opportunity for fringe players to get some game time and also stake their claim for a place next season.

‘We’ve got four or five players missing so it’s an opportunity for a few other players to get some game time,’ he said.

‘I’ll play a couple from the second team to give them a run out and a couple from the juniors, if they are available.

‘For one or two players who didn’t get much pitch time this season, it’s a chance to prove themselves for next season.’