Havant and Waterlooville v Barnet
FA Cup, Fourth Qualifying Round - Saturday 27 October 3:00pm
By Phil Snow
The Season So Far
Havant and Waterlooville have had a tremendous start to the season, only losing their first league game last Saturday at lowly Hednesford by 2-1. They are currently sitting on top of the Dr Martens Premier Division having played 14 games, with eight wins, five draws and one defeat. Their goal-scoring tally is 28 for and 12 against, and have 29 points.
Having already played two matches in the FA Cup they are looking for a place in the first round proper, beating Thame United 4-3 and Croydon 1-0. According to the Non-League Paper, "(Croydon) battled bravely but could not break down Havant's resolute defence." Both games were away, with a staggering total attendance for both games of 455. Hopefully there'll be that many Barnet fans down at Westleigh Park on Saturday and with an average home attendance of 534 we could easily match their support.
Havant's Joint Manager, Mick Jenkins, told the Non-League Paper, "We are scoring goals for fun at the moment, but this is a totally different challenge. This is a test for where we want to be next season. We have home advantage, we are unbeaten in the league (this was before Saturday's match) and we've got a settled and experienced squad. We should give Barnet a real game."
Since the start of the season they have had spells of winning games then drawing. Starting with two draws against Tamworth away (1-1) and Tiverton at home (3-3), they won four on the trot, Merthyr Tydfil at home (4-0), Bath City away (5-2), Stafford Rangers at home (2-1) and Welling United away (2-1).
Three draws followed, away at Worcester City (0-0), Folkestone Invicta at home (2-2) and another 0-0 draw at home to Kings Lynn.
Back to winning ways with another four in succession, Tiverton Town away (1-0), Hinckley United at home (5-0), Weymouth away (1-0) and Welling United at home (1-0).
The two FA cup games were during the last spell, giving them a six-match run of wins, ending with the defeat at Hednesford.
Hopefully this pattern will continue on Saturday and the Bees will see themselves in the hat for the next round, although a replay does look likely.
On their day they are capable of finding the net, Taylor and O'Rourke putting it where it counts, with Hambley close behind, mainly from penalties.
Defensively they've had seven clean sheets and one in the Cup, so it should be a tough game and the lads will need all the support they can get, so get down there, get behind the team and remember:
'COME ON YOU BEES'
It has now been confirmed that should the game end in a draw then the replay will be on Tuesday, 6 November (at Underhill).
Non-League Paper's betting expert, Gary Boswell, is recommending that punters put a few pounds on a win for Havant. The odds quoted are:
Havant And Waterlooville Facts
June 1998 (Havant FC and Waterlooville FC amalgamated)
Although we have never played Havant FC (dare I say we haven't...) we have met Waterlooville before.
Records show the following details: (Barnet's goals first.)