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Hawks V Sutton United preview


By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Following last weekend’s disappointments on the road, the Hawks return to Westleigh Park on Saturday as Lee Bradbury’s side take on Paul Doswell’s Sutton United (kick-off 3pm).


The U’s return to league action this weekend after a week away from the competition to take part in the Irn-Bru Cup, defeating Airdireonians 1-0 in Scotland.


And they go into the game simmering in confidence, currently 8thin The National League, they won their previous league assignment 1-0 away to Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium.




The Hawks go into Saturday’s game having won one of their last 5. That win came against Aldershot Town in front of the television cameras but Lee Bradbury will feel that his side deserve better than some of the results that have come our way in recent weeks.


As for Sutton, they have won two on the bounce in all competitions including that Irn-Bru Cup victory last weekend. But those two wins are the only two wins they’ve managed in their last 5 with draws with Halifax and Fylde is twinned with a defeat against Aldershot.


However, Sutton come into the fixture with a superior head to head over the Hawks. The last Hawks victory in this fixture came in the FA Trophy back in December 2013.




Havant and Waterlooville have had no problems scoring this season and finding players that can put it into the back of the net. In total, 9 different players have made the scoresheet so far for the Hawks in The National League this term.


Nicke Kabamba, somewhat unsurprisingly leads the goal scoring charts having notched 4 goals so far this season. Theo Lewis and Alfie Pavey are the other two players to have charted more than once in the league with 2 goals apiece whilst Wes Fogden, Rory Williams, Jordan Rose, Alfie Rutherford, Ryan Woodford and Paul Robinson have all scored once this season.


For Sutton, Ross Laffayette is their top scorer, again scoring 4 goals in the league for the U’s. Ex-Hawk Jamie Collins is their second top scorer with 2, with both of those coming from the penalty spot.


What you seem to know now with Havant and Waterlooville is that goals seem to be a guarantee in games. With the exception of the Boreham Wood 0-0 draw, every game featuring the Hawks has seen at least 2 goals scored.




The game itself takes place at Westleigh Park on Saturday with kick-off at 3pm. Tickets for the game are priced at £16 for Adults, £12 for Concessions, £6 for Portsmouth Season Ticket holders and for Under 16’s £2.


The Westleigh is open from 12pm as per usual and there is no segregation in place for the fixture.

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