The Hawks are back in action as they host Notts County at the Draper Tools Community Stadium in the last 16 of the FA Trophy.


The last time these two teams met came back in 2007, a Second Round FA Cup victory for the travelling Hawks courtesy of Tony Taggert who notched the only goal of the game. 


It will have a similar feel when they meet again this weekend with Havant looking to cause an upset and bounce back to winning ways following two disappointing defeats to Eastbourne and Bath City. 


Paul Doswell’s side haven’t played since, due to the suspension of the league. And the 54-year-old understands just how big of a job his side have on their hands: “We’re playing against one the top teams in the National League, one that I would certainly be in there to win it. If not definitely in the promotion shake up at the end of the season.


“It’s a tough task, we know that. We appreciate we’re massively the underdogs, but actually it’s quite nice to be the underdogs because most of the time in my 18 months at the Club, I don’t think we’ve been the underdogs.”


County make the trip down south unbeaten in 2021 having won three of their last four games. But manager Neal Ardley is no stranger to Doswell, having played his teams many times before. 


He too, is expecting a tough game: “I’ve played against Paul Doswell’s teams loads of times and I’ve never had an easy game, so I’m not expecting one on their home pitch in a cup competition with Wembley on the horizon.”


The Hawks will have new signing Aryn Williams available for the clash after his switch to the Club was confirmed on Thursday.


The Magpies head into this one without any new injury concerns, with long-term absentees Damien McCrory and Cal Roberts still sidelined, whilst Inih Effiong is cup-tied.


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By Ryan Honey