Enter the Hawks Nest as we head onto our maiden National League voyage!!
Havant and Waterlooville travel to Brighton to face Eastbourne Borough tomorrow afternoon. The game at Priory Lane will be the Hawks' first on a 3G surface, a proposition which manager Lee Bradbury will be relishing. "We did quite well last year when we played on 3G surfaces and got some decent results. Our players will be used to it anyway as they train on it every week so its not an excuse as it is something that we are used to."
And perhaps for the Hawks playing on the 3G tomorrow afternoon may be a blessing in disguise considering the fact that they learn their trade on artificial turf than the grass variety. "You do get different variations of 3G but from what I've heard the one at Eastbourne is quite a good one and they like to bring the ball down and play and so it should be a good surface to move the ball on suiting both teams."
Having turned to the services of Jamie Howell in the summer it took time for Eastbourne to play his style of football but following that transitional period are a threat to all in the league with the gaffer all to wary on taking the Sports lightly. "They've got some good players there and Jamie's an experienced manager and he will be looking at different ways of getting the best out of his players. They've changed formation a couple of times and a bit of movement as far as players coming in and out over recent weeks and so will now try and turn the screw and climb the league table and get into the play-offs."
And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit to begin the Christmas run with 3 points on the road. "It would be good to back up our last league game against Chippenham where we had a really good performance scoring 4 goals and keeping a clean sheet along with that Billericay although we conceeded a couple of sloppy goals we dominated the game against a good side and so we'll be looking for more of the same. So it would be nice to start of that Christmas period with 3 points in the bag before that home game against Bognor but we know it will be a tough game down there as they are a really good side."
And so the Hawks will travel to Brighton and to Eastbourne looking for the 3 points. A reminder to fans making their way to the game that Brighton and Hove Albion is at home to Watford in the Premier League so please leave time for traffic coming to and from the ground with the game kicking off at 3PM as well.