Havant & Waterlooville resume their National League South campaign on Tuesday as they travel to Park View Road to face a struggling Welling United.
After two matches away from league action, The Hawks have made significant progress in the FA Trophy with back-to-back wins against Bracknell Town and Braintree Town in the same week.
Paul Doswell’s men managed to avoid a late comeback from the hosts when on the road against Bracknell Town as they put themselves in the hat for the next round after a 3-2 victory.
It was a tense matchup in the next tie, this time at the familiar surroundings of the Draper Tools Community Stadium against Braintree, as Roarie Deacon was on hand to step up when it mattered most; he sent The Hawks flying into round four with the games only goal in the 73rd minute.
Now all eyes will be back and firmly fixed on the clubs push for promotion to the National League.
The Hawks find themselves in play-off territory, perched in 7th place despite having played the joint fewest games in the division at this stage.
After playing nine league fixtures, the side find themselves with a more than respectable 17 points under their belt, with another three points carrying the potential to take the club up to fifth in the table.
Our midweek opponents have not experienced the same fortune so far as they find themselves marginally off the foot of the table due to goal difference.
The Wings also have played only nine league games so far but have only managed to pick up seven points on their journey.
Bradley Quinton’s men have failed to pick up any momentum as of late after seeing only one win come their way in their last five National League South outings.
The story has not been much better in the FA Trophy either after suffering a defeat to Bath City who travelled to Park View Road and left with a 2-0 win.
Despite a rocky period at the start of this season, Welling have shown their quality after an impressive 12th place finish in the league last season. They will without a doubt look to kickstart their play-off charge with what would be a massive three points away from home.
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By Liam Rice