Pressure off Havant as Fareham aim to seal survival

Andy Pett, left, will be looking to add to his hat-trick last weekend. Picture: Steve Reid (113775-428)
Andy Pett, left, will be looking to add to his hat-trick last weekend. Picture: Steve Reid (113775-428)
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 host Exeter University in a mouthwatering clash at Barncroft Way tomorrow (2pm).

The home side are fresh from an 8-0 hammering of rock-bottom Firebrands last weekend, with Andy Pett netting a quick-fire hat-trick.

Havant’s comprehensive victory effectively secured their National League conference west status for another season.

And now they take on one of the title hopefuls with the pressure off.

Exeter University are just one point off leaders Cardiff & UWIC but have been the most prolific scorers this term, netting 47 goals in their 16 fixtures.

Havant will be without Indy Laly, who returned from a hamstring injury only to break his finger last weekend, while Maciej Janiszewski is facing a race against time to make the game.

Janiszewski flies back into the country at 8am tomorrow morning.

Elsewhere, Havant’s south-coast rivals Fareham will be hoping to edge to safety in their trip to Cheltenham (12.30pm).

The Henry Cort-based outfit are five points above the relegation play-off position – occupied by their hosts – with two games left to play.

A point will put their survival, along with that of Havant, beyond any doubt.

But head coach Nigel Cook will be well aware of the risks of playing for a draw and will, instead, want his men to claim victory.

Cheltenham and Fareham possess the division’s leakiest two defences, so it promises to be a high-scoring encounter at Balcarras School.

Meanwhile, Havant’s second string welcome Reigate Priory for a South League Hampshire/Surrey division one clash at Barncroft Way (11.30am).

And in South Club’s Women’s League division one, it is crunch time for Havant.

They slumped to bottom spot in the table last weekend and need a victory at Woking (1pm) to boost their hopes of escaping the drop.

Two points adrift of Guildford with two games left, they will be aiming to set up a decider when they welcome their relegation rivals to Barncroft Way on the final day of the season.