Tag: Havant & Waterlooville

Non-League Videos Of The Week

Our non-league videos of the week are twety-four hours later than usual this week but, to make it up to you, we’ve brought together the highlights of five matches this week. Our first match is from the Premier Division of the Ryman League and is between the league leaders, Sutton United and Hastings United. Sutton went into the match knowing that a win would hand them the league title with a little to spare, while Hastings went desperate for the points themselves, sitting, as they do, just above the relegation places. Our second match is from the top of the Blue Square South. Braintree Town went into their home match against Havant & Waterlooville knowing that a win would leave them at least four points clear of second-placed Farnborough with just three matches of the season left to play. Havant, meanwhile, needed a win to keep their faint mathematical chance of grabbing a play-off place alive in any way. In the Blue Square North, meanwhile, it is AFC Telford United who are doing the chasing. Alfreton Town were two points clear of Telford with a game in hand and just three more rounds of matches yet to be played. On Saturday, they were away to Hinckley United, who are just about safe from relegation but would probably appreciate one more win, just to be absolutely certain. We’re going to...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Blue Square South

There are just four weeks left to go of the season in the Blue Square South, one of the two feeder leagues to the Blue Square Premier, and there is still all to play for at the top of the table. This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week features six of the top eight in the league, and with the battle for the title and for the four play-off places still wide open, there is still all to play for. At the very top of the table, there was just one point between the leaders, Braintree Town, and second-placed Farnborough. In our first match, Braintree have a golden chance to win three points against Dorchester Town, who are sitting just above the relegation places but have probably just about done enough to secure their place in the division for next season. Meanwhile, at Cherrywood Road Farnborough FC were at home against Bromley. Farnborough have trimmed Braintree’s lead at the top of the table down to a single point at the top of the table, whilst Bromley are in mid-table, probably a little too far from the play-off places to be able to launch a challenge of their own. Still, with the nerves starting to jangle as the end of the season looms on the horizon, there are no matches for clubs at the top of the table that can...

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Non-League Week: Eastleigh & Havant Renew Hostilities

As part of our series on Non-League football ahead of this weekend’s Non-League Day, Southampton supporter Neil Cotton travelled the short distance to Havant, on the outskirts of Portsmouth, to see Havant & Waterlooville take on Eatsleigh in an early season local derby in the Blue Square South. The sunny August bank holiday is almost deceptive with the lazy calmness as it spreads over the compact but well appointed ground. Westleigh Park will shortly be witness to the latest edition of a rapidly heating rivalry as home side Havant and Waterlooville take on Eastleigh. It is a young rivalry. Havant and Waterlooville being been formed as the result of a merger between Havant Town and Waterlooville FC relatively recently as 1998. The success it brought loosely coincided with Eastleigh’s awakening from their long time slumber in the Wessex League., and both clubs found their way to the Conference South. They played their maiden competitive fixture against each other in 2005 with Havant claiming a 2-1 victory. An outside observer could be forgiven for thinking that the rivalry between theses two teams rides on the coat-tails of that most infamous south-coast rivalry; Eastleigh is a shor hop over the greenbelt from Southampton and Havant and Waterlooville a stones-throw from Portsmouth who use Westleigh for their reserve games. This, though, is no case of little brothers squabbling in the shadows of their...

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Match Of The Week: Havant & Waterlooville 0-0 AFC Wimbledon

Quite a lot has changed since the last time we looked at the top of the Blue Square South on here. Two months ago, it looked as if Chelmsford City were going to walk away with the championship, but their form has collapsed while AFC Wimbledon went on a run of thirteen wins from fourteen matches which left them clear of the chasing pack at the top of the table. Chelmsford have been replaced as Wimbledon’s nearest challengers by Hampton & Richmond Borough, who themselves had won seven matches in a row prior to yesterday afternoon. Going into yesterday’s round of matches Wimbledon were nine points clear at the top of the table but with Chelmsford having already blown a similar lead at the top of the table, no-one is taking anything for granted at Kingsmeadow yet. It is just over a year since Havant & Waterlooville took the lead twice at Anfield before losing 5-2 against Liverpool in the FA Cup. Just two of the players that started in that match are in the starting eleven for this match. This season has been a disastrous one for the Hawks. They had a reasonable run in the FA Trophy (finally going out in the Fourth Round at the hands of York City) and had another televised payday in the FA Cup First Round, but they started amongst the pre-season...

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Some Final Thoughts On Havant & Waterlooville

There has been plenty of comment in many different places on the subject of Havant & Waterlooville’s FA Cup run, and their performance on Saturday. There are many people more closely involved in what has been going on than I am, but I thought that I would take opportunity to add some final, personal thoughts on the subject before laying it to rest for the time being. As I mentioned on here earlier, we heard a lot of cliche over the weekend, but it continues to delight me that, in such a cynical age as this, we haven’t forgotten our capacity to be delighted by football, and by minor acts of heroism. The last few days have been a time to forget about the harsh realities of the modern game, with its nepotism, closed shops and spirit-sapping commercialism. It has been a time to revel in the sort of shared experience that I had been starting to think was dead in modern football. It is worth reminding everyone reading this that, for a club of the size of Havant & Waterlooville, this truly is a “once in a lifetime” experience. For Havant (and they are by no means the smallest club to enter into the FA Cup), it took them eight matches to get this far, against stronger and stronger opposition. They started, in the Second Qualifying round, with...

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