Robinson confident of Teddington win

Hollie Smith''. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
Hollie Smith''. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Mark Robinson is confident Havant can secure their place in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one with a win against bottom side Teddington at Havant College tomorrow (11.45am).

The hosts are second from bottom on 13 points but need a minimum of one point to stay in the league and relegate Teddington, who are five points adrift with two games remaining.

Havant coach Robinson remains in a positive frame of mind going into the crucial six-pointer, despite losing their last two matches against Hampstead & Westminster and Barnes.

‘I’m massively positive about our match against Teddington,’ he said.

‘This is a game that has been highlighted on the calendar for a long time.

‘It was all about making sure we had some positivity and momentum going into the match.

‘We lost our previous two games but they were against first and second in the league.

‘In both games we were either winning or level at half-time.

‘We lost but we played incredibly well and built momentum with some positive performances.

‘They showed what they can do against the very best teams.

‘Were it not for a few slip-ups, we could have nicked a point or even won and I’m really encouraged by that.’

Havant’s destiny remains in their own hands so tomorrow’s game is likely to be tense.

Teddington need to win both their remaining games and hope Havant don’t pick up any points in theirs, if they are to have any chance of surviving.

Robinson hopes they can draw on the experience of their last encounter, when they beat Teddington 3-2 thanks to Hollie Smith’s hat-trick.

However, he expects it to be tight once again.

‘There’s the fact that we beat them last time, which is a big positive for us,’ said Robinson.

‘When we played them, we won 
3-2 with the final hit of the game, which I’m sure won’t have been forgotten.

‘It shows we’re never beaten and we keep trying until the end.

‘Last time it was a very open and scrappy game.

‘We had quite a few players missing but still managed to win.

‘It’s going to be very cagey to start with.

‘The first goal will be absolutely vital.

‘If we can get it, it will put a huge amount of pressure on Teddington.’

Robinson, who is in his first season in charge of the ladies’ side, also wants to put a vital three points on the board so the pressure is off Havant going into the final league game against Tulse Hill & Dulwich next week.

He said: ‘I want to finish our league campaign off with one game to go and ensure we are safe.

‘All the players are looking forward to it.’

There are no injuries or availability problems for the big clash and Robinson has a full squad of 14 to select from.

Meanwhile, the men are also at home tomorrow, as they take on Spencer in South League premier division one (1.30pm).

Havant had a comfortable 5-2 win at Milton Keynes last week and will be hoping to carry on their momentum going into the Old Georgians clash at Havant on March 28.

It has also been confirmed that the away game against Lewes, which was postponed due to ice in January, will be played on April 11.