Havant & Waterlooville return to National League South action as they travel to the New Lodge to face Billericay Town. 

The Hawks did not play in the league last weekend due to FA Trophy commitments against Cinderford Town. 

Paul Doswell’s men progressed into the first-round proper of the cup competition after an impressive 3-1 win. 

Alfie Rutherford bagged himself a brace adding to a first half goal from Craig Robson. 

The trophy win will give the squad added confidence as they eye up a potential climb up the table into second position. 

Our opponents will also have confidence going into the game after taking four points out of a possible six in the last league matchups. 

The Blues currently sit in 10th position in the league and recorded a 1-1 draw with Weymouth last time out. 

It was a disappointing outing last weekend for the opposition who did not progress into the next round of the FA Trophy after falling short in a narrow 2-1 loss against Hampton and Richmond Borough. 

Assistant manager Ian Baird understands that it will be a tough test for The Hawks: “It will be a difficult game. I think their pitch is in all sorts of trouble at the moment. 

“We are used to playing on a sort of up and down pitch, down here especially with the rain that we have had but I am looking forward to it. 

Baird also mentioned what a big game it is for The Blues and newly appointed manager Jamie O’Hara: “Well Jamie O’Hara had a very good football career, so he’ll be looking to forge a career in management I thinks he’s had one or two good results. 

“Especially in the FA Cup against Sutton which is a great result Alan Julian who is a former player of mine a Dos scoring the winning goal, so we are looking forward to the game. It will be a difficult one and obviously Billericay are looking for some continuity. 

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By Liam Rice (@Liam_Rice9)