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With just five National League matches remaining, Town travel to West Leigh Park to take on Havant and Waterlooville for the first time on Saturday.



Like Town, The Hawks were promoted to The National League last season, but face a battle to stay in the top tier of Non-League Football, sitting eight points from safety in 21st.

Simon Weaver’s side were top of the league when they recorded a 3-2 win at The CNG Stadium in the first meeting with the sides and are still in the hunt for promotion.

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Town currently lie 6th, three points clear of Ebbsfleet in 8th, but will be desperate to get back to winning ways having drawn two and lost two of the last four matches.

Lee Bradbury’s side have also found wins hard to come by recently with just one in the last 11 and one in six at home, though a point at Sutton on Saturday demonstrates the determination to beat the drop within the Hampshire sides’ ranks.

Part of the reason Hawks’ fans are hopeful their side can stay up has been their record in front of goal, with Bradbury’s side the top scoring side in the bottom half with 56 goals, though have conceded the second most in the division with 72.

Impressively only four sides have scored more at home than Havant, with Alfie Rutherford’s 13 strikes making him his side’s most deadly marksman, though only Maidstone have collected fewer points over the last ten matches.

Town meanwhile have been in good form on the road of late, losing just one of the last six, with only Eastleigh taking more points over the last five away matches.

Havant supporters will be excited at the prospect of seeing new loan arrivals Laurence Bilboe (Rotherham) and Danny McNamara (Millwall) feature at West Leigh Park for the first time after encouraging debuts at Sutton.