Havant to continue attacking ethos

Sandeep Singh ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
Sandeep Singh ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
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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Ady Adams is maintaining his attacking ethos as Havant look to continue their 100-per-cent record in South League premier division one.

Havant are currently sandwiched between leaders Old Georgians and Sevenoaks on goal difference ahead of their home match against London Wayfarers tomorrow (1.30pm).

They have scored 13 goals in their opening two games.

Specialist drag-flicker Sandeep Singh is living up to his reputation and is the league’s joint top scorer with five goals.

Adams said: ‘We’ve had two very good attacking performances and we’re looking to carry that on this weekend.

‘I knew we had players who could score goals but last season we didn’t necessarily play a formation that suited them.

‘But this season I’m trying to play a more attacking style of hockey.’

However, Adams warned they need to be more careful at the other end of the pitch, where they have conceded five goals already.

‘I still want to maintain our goalscoring but we need to tighten up defensively,’ he said.

‘We’ve let in one or two sloppy goals recently.

‘It’s very tight at the top and goal difference might be crucial this season.

‘The three teams currently at the top are the three teams that are expected to win the league.’

Saturday’s opponents also scored six last weekend in a confidence-boosting 6-1 win against Purley Walcountians.

Adams said: ‘Although they didn’t play well in the first game (a 0-0 draw), they scored six last week.

‘They are currently fourth and are a solid, hard-working side and I would expect them to do okay this season.

‘I’m hoping our extra experience of being an ex-National League side will stand us in good stead.’

The players are still adjusting to life outside the National League but are beginning to enjoy themselves.

Adams said: ‘One or two players have found the transition tough, the standard is obviously not the same.

‘We’re enjoying it a little bit more now and things are going well.’

Adams will stick with the same team as last week as Havant search for a third win on the bounce.

‘There’s been quite a balanced squad for the last couple of weeks, so I want to keep it the same.’

Havant’s ladies will be looking for their first win of the season when they take on Reading 1A at Havant College tomorrow (11.45am).

Great Britain Colleges player Katie Paxman makes her return to central defence for the South Clubs’ Women’s League division one clash.

She has missed the first four league games after breaking a thumb in a pre-season friendly.

Reading are third in the league with three wins and a draw.

Fareham’s new signing Daniel Sampey cannot wait to make his debut at Cheltenham in National League conference west on Sunday (12.30pm).

Sampey, 24, joins from YMCC in Perth and has played for Australia A.

He said: ‘I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club from former Fareham player Jonny Kinder who played with me in Australia earlier this year.

‘I am delighted the team have made a confident start to the season and can’t wait to get started.’

Fareham coach Ben Barnes added: ‘He comes with a reputation for being a good goalscorer so he should add a bit of bite up front.

‘Cheltenham have got plenty of experience and are a hard side to break down.’

Fareham will be without Ben Hibberd (hamstring) and captain Alex Boxall, who has school commitments, but Josh Godfrey returns to the fold.

Meanwhile, Fareham’s ladies travel to Wanderers in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B tomorrow (1.30pm).