Van Willigen calls on Havant troops to hit back against Cardiff

Havant lost to Exeter last time out. Picture: Mick Young
Havant lost to Exeter last time out. Picture: Mick Young
Hannah Oldham battles for the ball in Fareham Ladies' 2-1 victory over Southampton. Pictures: Chris Moorhouse

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Havant will be looking to get back to winning ways in National League conference west as they travel to Cardiff & Met tomorrow (1pm).

After two defeats in a row, Havant will have to tighten up their play if they are to match their strong opponents.

Head coach Merijn van Willigen is confident his side can get back on form with a victory.

He said: ‘It was a tough defeat against Exeter, however, we know what we have to work on.

‘The fixture against Cardiff will be extremely tough – especially with their successful defensive 

‘However, they are not a high-scoring team, so we have to ensure we capitalise on our chances, instead of squandering them like we have in previous fixtures.

‘I fully support the team and I think the side will come home with a good result.

‘We are in a nice place in the table, however, we would like a few more points before the Christmas break.’

Cardiff & Met sit in second place in the table.

With only one defeat in the season, Cardiff will have one eye on the title.

Van Willigen, however, is confident his side will go there in positive mood.

He said: ‘The boys have responded positively to the two defeats.

‘The whole team is still in the learning processes but they are progressing each week.

‘Players are understanding the faults and they are amending these themselves.

‘The team has a very strong bond.’

Jonathan Pickett could be a doubt for the clash after missing training due to injury.

Meanwhile, Fareham have a double fixture weekend.

On Saturday they host strugglers ISCA (5pm), who have only managed two victories in previous fixtures.

Then the team travel to play Hampstead & Westminster in the 
National League Cup on Sunday (2pm).

Victory would earn Fareham a place in the quarter-finals.