Havant coach Ady Adams believes a win tomorrow against basement side Purley Walcountians would be the perfect tonic for last week’s disappointment.
The Barncroft Way outfit slipped to a 4-3 defeat to Old Cranleighans in South League premier division one – a loss that could prove costly in their quest for promotion.
In what has been a topsy-turvy campaign, Havant were in the driving seat to win the league just two weeks ago but now find themselves with a mountain to climb after dropping more crucial points last weekend.
They are third in the table but are five points adrift of second-placed Sevenoaks and seven behind Old Georgians, although they have played one game more.
Adams acknowledges it will now be a struggle to win the league but insists they will still be going out to win every game between now and the end of the season.
‘Promotion’s not in our court anymore after last week’s defeat,’ admitted the coach.
‘We’re reliant on others slipping up.
‘Even if we beat Sevenoaks next week, they’re more than three points ahead of us.’
‘Everybody is still determined to get as many points as we can.
‘We’re still going to try and win every game.’
Havant host Purley at Havant College (1.30pm).
They have been guilty of squandering chances in recent weeks and will be looking to regain that confidence in front of goal tomorrow.
Adams said: ‘We’re playing better than our opponents. We just need to score more goals and we need to keep our discipline.
‘It’s a good game to get back on track because Purley are bottom of the league and we scored 10 goals against them last time.’
Although Purley Walcountians have only managed one win and two draws in the league all season, they claimed a point against Sevenoaks earlier in the campaign.
However, in last week’s return fixture they slumped to a crushing 11-1 defeat, highlighting their inconsistency.
When Havant played Purley in the first half of the season, Sandeep Singh and Oliver Nail both scored hat-tricks, while Jamie Whitehouse, Maciej Janiszewski and James Speke – with a brace – also found the net.
It is clear the former National League side have struggled without penalty-corner specialist Singh, who is currrently playing in the Hockey India League.
Singh scored a trademark goal for Jaypee Punjap Warriors in a 3-2 defeat to Ranchi Rays on Tuesday.
His side, who boast Aussie ace Jamie Dwyer as captain, had already booked their place in the semi-finals of the competition, though.
The former Indian captain continued his excellent goalscoring record in the tournament by finding the target once again in yesterday’s final group game.
Singh scored another drag-flick in a 3-2 win over Dabang Mumbai to take his goal tally to 10.
Meanwhile, there is a break in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one for Havant’s ladies this weekend.