Following an impressive Hawks display at Ebbsfleet last week, where they picked up all three points. The attention is now on Oxford City as they travel to the Draper Tools Community Stadium on Saturday.
Three wins from their opening four league games put Havant fourth in the National League South, whilst visitors Oxford City sit just outside the play-off places after five games, on six points.
City were undefeated going into their previous game against Maidstone United (1W 3D), but former Hawk Roarie Deacon helped the Stones inflict their first loss of the season as Maidstone ran out 3-1 winners.
The last time these two sides met at the Draper Tools, the Hawks had to come from behind to win. Harvey Bradbury, son of former manager Lee Bradbury, opened the scoring inside 10 minutes. But goals from Sam Magri and Tommy Wright either side of half-time ensured Paul Doswell’s men would come out victorious.
Josh Ashby, who featured in that game for the Hoops back in 2020, has started the season brightly. The midfielder has netted three times already this campaign, and sits top of the club’s goalscoring charts.
No new injury concerns for the Hawks means Doswell can choose from the players he had at his disposal last time out. Whilst, Jamie Collins and Benny Read remain sidelined.
Captain Joe Oastler, who spent 4 years with Oxford City, has settled in well at the heart of the Hawks defence since his summer arrival.
Speaking ahead of the game, he emphasized it will be business as usual as his former side make the trip: “I’m just looking forward to it as another game of football. I had four great years there but don’t want it to get rolled up into Joe’s playing his old club.
“They’re not going to be thinking about me and to be honest, I’m not going to be thinking about them. It’s just another game where we’ve got to put on a performance and get another three points. That’s all I’ll be trying to do.”