Havant & Waterlooville will make the trip to the Gallagher Stadium to face a 7th place Maidstone United side on Saturday.
The Hawks have moved up to second in the National League South table after an incredible start to the season see’s them unbeaten in nine league outings.
The visitors will be hoping they continue their inspiring form again on Saturday as they come off the back of a 3-1 victory over a struggling Hungerford Town side on Wednesday evening.
The Stones will not be an unusual sight for The Hawks supporters as they were also playing in the National League last campaign. Previous games between the two sides last season indicate that Saturday will be a blockbuster match.
When the Hawks hosted the fixture the home side came out with an impressive 5-2 win, but when The Stones were the hosts in the National League, they came out on top in a 2-0 game thanks to goals from J. Embery and J. Powell.
The Stones will be coming into the game with their heads held high after bouncing back from a 2-1 defeat to Wealdstone last weekend on Tuesday night as they took all three points in an away tie against Dulwich Hamlet.
It will be grudge match on Saturday as both sides will have aspirations of springing back up into the National League come the end of the season and John Still will no doubt have his side prepared for a tight game.
Hawks manager Paul Doswell who was pleased about his sides start to season insisted that league positioning at this stage in the season is irrelevant. Doswell also knows the strength that the Stones possess and understands they’ll be challenging at the top of the table: “They will be there or there abouts at the end of the season. They tend to get stronger as the season progresses.
“They are quite a new group, with some quality, experienced players in there. We have watched their last couple of games, and we’ve been very impressed. They are strong and got pace in their side so you can where their improvements have come from.”
The game is set to be an extremely tough test for the Hawks as they continue the promotion hunt, so if you can’t make the game tune into Hawks Radio to listen to live commentary as the actions unfolds at the Gallagher Stadium.
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By Liam Rice (@Liam_Rice9)