Whitehouse set for Havant call

Merijn van Willigen
Merijn van Willigen
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’s Jamie Whitehouse could be tasked with firing the club back into the title mix ahead of Sunday’s home clash with Exeter University (2pm).

The forward bagged a hat-trick for the seconds last weekend in their 5-1 win at Bournemouth and is knocking on the door for a recall.

With Havant defeated at Guildford a fortnight ago, coach Merijn van Willigen admits he is looking to make changes.

‘If the team doesn’t perform, you have to look at other people,’ he said.

‘There are a couple of guys who have done well for the seconds and we will look at that.

‘Jamie Whitehouse has done particularly well.

‘He has worked incredibly hard to find a way into the side.

‘So he will have an opportunity to stake a claim.

‘I don’t think there will be sweeping changes.

‘But we need to keep the side fresh.

‘I’m looking for a reaction in this game but it’s helped that Cardiff lost last weekend so we are still in touch.

‘We need a response against what will be a strong Exeter side to get back on track.’

Fareham duo Nathan Palmer and Shaun Baker are battling to be fit for their trip to Birmingham University.

A win would see Fareham move above their opponents and coach Ben Barnes wants to see some of the team’s cup form transferred into league results.

Barnes said: ‘Birmingham University have had some very good results this season and will be strong at home.

‘We must make sure we don’t let the journey affect our performance.

‘But if we can produce some of the qualities we saw against Cardiff and St Albans which took us into the last 16 of the national Knockout Cup, we will have a great chance to come away with three points.

‘The week off in the league programme has allowed players with a few injury niggles time to recover.

‘We will have a late fitness test for Nathan Palmer and Shaun Baker and remain hopeful they will get through.

‘If not we have very good cover to be able to call on.’

Fareham Ladies host Aldershot & Farnham in Hampshire division one.