Havant & Waterlooville play at home for what is only the second time in a matter of months as they face Hemel Hempstead in the Vanarama National League South. It’s 4th V 5th in the league and it’s a top of the table clash which manager Lee Bradbury is relishing.
“It’s a stern test, they’ve been consistent this season and are a stubborn side to play against, have a lot of talent in their team and going forwards they’ve got some real threats in their team, their front three is rather dangerous and they will come here with that in mind and will try and give us a problem, so we’re concious of that and talked about that. We’re in a good position at this moment in time.”
After a great recent run away from Westleigh Park, the Hawks have the best away record in the National League South, but the gaffer knows that the away form needs to be translated on their own turf. “It’s massive. If we can only have an average home record it would be great. At this moment in time we’ve been below par at home and I’m aware of that and so are the players. But you can talk about these things too much though and it can put pressure on the players. Really we just want them to go out and play like they do away from home with no fear and be brave on and off the ball. We need to be better in both boxes, We’ve dominated games here at home possession wise and chances but we’ve ended up losing games so I hope that can change on Saturday.”
But despite the record on the road, the Hawks are looking forward to home comforts. “It will be good if we win. We’ve been phenomenal on the road this year and that’s a massive plus really because if we weren’t we’d be sitting mid table right now but it’d be nice being here hopefully with a big crowd with Portsmouth being away to Blackpool, so anyone who hasn’t got a game to go to, pompey season ticket holders can come in for £5, come and get behind a local, non league side.”