Preview: Havant & Waterlooville vs Worthing, 03/12/22

Worthing Football Club continue their Vanamara National South campaign with a trip to Hampshire to face Havant & Waterlooville at the Draper Tools Community Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

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National League South Saturday 3rd December, 2022

The Reds go into the fixture having faced Chelmsford City at the Crucial Environmental Stadium last Saturday:

The fourth-placed side found themselves 2-0 up after 25 minutes from goals by Kai Yearn and Cameron James before Callum Kealy halved Worthing’s deficit 10 minutes before the interval.

On the hour mark, Tom Blackwell restored Chelmsford’s two-goal lead before a flurry of chances for Worthing to get themselves back in the game, but the final score ended 3-1 to the Essex club.

Meanwhile, hosts Havant were held to a 1-1 draw away to Tonbridge Angels at the weekend.

Form

Worthing remained in occupation of the final playoff place despite the loss to Chelmsford, with the defeat being only their third in the league this season along with eight victories and defeats, clocking up 32 points so far.

Havant are currently placed in second position, only a point off league leaders Dartford with a game-in-hand.

Last Six

2 Nov vs Ebbsfleet United (H) – Lost 0-1
5 Nov vs Hemel Hempstead (H) – Won 2-0
12 Nov vs Dulwich Hamlet (H) – Won 5-1
15 Nov vs Chippenham Town (A) – Won 0-3
19 Nov vs Welling United (A) – Lost 3-2 (FA Trophy)
26 Nov vs Tonbridge Angels (A) – Drew 1-1

Recent meetings

The two sides last met in the 2016/17 Isthmian Premier League season at Woodside Road:

After a goalless first half, George Barker opened the scoring on the hour mark to put Havant a goal ahead, before Alfie Rutherford doubled their lead in the 67th minute.

Omar Bugiel halved the deficit with 20 minutes remaining, but Havant held out to take all three points back to Hampshire – a result that would help them gain automatic promotion to the National League South.

Team News

Danny Barker has been back in training with the Reds this week and could be in contention for a place in Saturday’s squad.

Josh Chambers’ loan deal from Gillingham came to an end last week but Adam Hinshelwood hopes to complete a one-month extension that would make Chambers available to play in Havant tomorrow afternoon.

Supporter information

Kick off is at an earlier-than-usual time of 12:30. 

Ticket information

Supporters can gain admission for just £8 if they have a Flexleigh, season ticket, a Premier League season ticket or a EFL Championship season ticket.

Remaining admission prices: 

Adult: £15
OAP’s: £10
Students: £10
Under 16’s: Free – Must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
Concessions for NHS & Armed Forces: £8

Travel

Address: Westleigh Park, Martin Road, Havant, Hampshire. PO9 5TH

By Road:

Turn off the A27 at the Hayling Island roundabout (A3023). Take the turning towards Havant (B2149). Follow the road through the town centre crossing three sets of traffic lights until you go over the railway and come to a roundabout. Go straight on, through another four sets of lights. At the fifth, (after passing the Heron pub on your left), turn right into Bartons Road. The ground will be on your right. At the top of the hill immediately after a pedestrian crossing, turn right onto Martin Road. The entrance to the ground is several hundred yards along the road on your right. There is a car park at the ground which is free. Otherwise street parking.

By Rail:

Havant Railway Station is situated just over a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from Worthing. Westleigh Park is around a 20 minute walk away. Firstly there are two exits to the station. Do not come out of the main station entrance but instead use the exit over on Platform 1. This leads you onto a covered walkway which emerges onto Leigh Road, where you turn left. As Leigh Road bends around to the right becoming Lavant Drive, bear left to continue along Leigh Road (indicated by a no through road sign). At the end of Leigh Road continue on the pedestrian pathway until you emerge onto the main road. Bear right and walk alongside the dual carriageway. When you reach a set of traffic lights with the Heron pub on your left, turn right just before a garage onto a pedestrian path. Continue straight on into Martin Drive and you will reach Westleigh Park on your left.

How to Follow

If you can’t make the game you can follow the game via the club’s official Twitter account, or through live commentary provided by rebelyell.live