Hockey : Problems for Havant

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Havant and Hounslow, both former National League champions now nestling at the bottom of the Division, need to reverse the trend of recent games if they are to stand a chance of staying in the Premier Division. It will not be easy for either side.

Havant, without a point, travel to East Grinstead, who will be riding high as a result of their victory over the champions, Cannock, last weekend, while Hounslow travel to Cannock.

Hounslow will draw some comfort from the return of their five Welsh internationals from the World Cup preliminary tournament in Sardinia, but will need to tighten their leaking defence if they are to stop the strong attacking flair of the Midland side, who will also welcome back their three Welsh players.

Bob Crutchley, the former Hounslow striker who has already scored 11 goals in four outings, is likely to ensure that Cannock keep up their challenge for a second successive title.

The current leaders, Old Loughtonians, at home to Surbiton, have their Scottish trio back, but are expected to continue with Howie Ford in goal at the expense of Alasdair Seaton. Bill Williams is missing with a broken thumb and absent again will be Julian Halls. Surbiton's Tom Sexton and Simon Tinkler are still on the injured list.

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