Isaacs could be key man for Havant

Charlie Stubbings
Charlie Stubbings
Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

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HAVANT return to National League conference west action on Sunday with a tricky-looking away tie at high-flying University of Exeter (12.30pm).

After a week’s break in league competition due to the Futures Cup, club president Chris Pickett is expecting Havant to face a stern examination.

He said: ‘Exeter were relegated from the premier division last season and will be very eager to make the play-offs at the end of the season to secure an early return.’

If sixth-placed Havant are to keep out their free-scoring opponents, they will need Andy Isaacs to continue his excellent form in goal.

Pickett added: ‘Without doubt we are now playing with a great deal more confidence and we have stopped conceding soft goals.

‘Andy Isaacs has been outstanding in goal, and we will need him to continue this form against the league’s top scorers.’

Exeter, who have lost only once this season, go into Sunday’s game boosted by the knowledge that they could head the league table for the first time with a victory.

Havant, however, have also been in good recent form and are unbeaten in their past four league games.

That run included an impressive 2-0 victory at league-leaders Cardiff.

Bruno Gorrini and Charlie Stubbings were on the mark as Havant signalled they can be a force to be reckoned with on their day

Eighth-placed Fareham will eye a second win of the season when they host Cheltenham, in fifth, (1.30pm).

A 4-4 draw with University of Birmingham last time out will give Fareham confidence.

Meanwhile, Havant Ladies look to record their first victory of the South Club’s division one season, when they battle Reading tomorrow (1.30pm).

Eighth-placed Havant have registered just two points from their opening five matches.

They will be eager to bounce back from a 3-1 loss away at third-placed Teddington in their previous outing.

Opponents Reading sit one place and three points above Havant.

A three-goal victory margin at Havant College would be enough to take the hosts above their Berkshire opponents in the table.