UPDATE: From havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk – ‘The Hawks are due to play their Hampshire Senior Cup Quarter Final match against Farnborough on Monday night at Westleigh Park. If the pitch has not fully recovered from the recent wet weather the two clubs have agreed to play the tie on Tuesday night instead.’
11.14am – Tonight’s Hampshire Cup Quarter Final with Farnborough in ON. There is no pitch inspection necessary.
After Saturday’s postponement, ‘Boro’s attentions switch to the Quarter Finals of the Hampshire Senior Cup as they make the short journey to Westleigh Park to play Havant & Waterlooville. (Hampshire Senior Cup sponsored by BSA Regal Group – Quarter Final, Tie #40 – Kick off 7.45pm)
‘Boro’s Hampshire Senior Cup run so far:
2nd Round: Farnborough 4-1 Newport (IOW)
3rd Round: Aldershot Town 1-1 Farnborough – Away Win Penalties 4-5
Havant & Waterlooville’s Hampshire Senior Cup run so far:
2nd Round: Hartley Wintney 0-3 Havant & Waterlooville
3rd Round: Sholing 0-3 Havant & Waterlooville
After leaving ‘Boro just over a week ago, Havant & Waterlooville confirmed the signed of Scott Donnelly on Friday, however, won’t be able to play against his former club as he is cup-tied.
The last time the two sides met, was in the League, just over four weeks ago, when ‘Boro fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at Paddy Power Park, with former midfielder Scott Donnelly a ‘Boro scorer.
Ahead of the game, Manager Lee Bradbury told portsmouth.co.uk:
‘Winning is a good habit to get into and we want to keep our unbeaten run going. This is an important game for a number of reasons. We haven’t played for a while and it will be good to get back out on the pitch.
“It is also an opportunity to take a step closer to a showpiece Fratton Park final at the end of the season. Both the players and myself are keen to get there. It is a competition the club has never won and it would be great to put that record straight.
“They showed what a big threat they [Farnborough] can be going forward. Defensively, we will need to be a lot tighter against them.
“Since then they have also got some players back and last week brought a couple of new ones in. We will need to make sure that we are at our best to get the right result.”
Bradbury fielded a strong side against Sholing in the last round and is likely to do the same again.
Stadium Address: Westleigh Park, Martin Road, Havant, Hants, PO9 5TH.
Kick off at Westleigh Park is at 7.45pm and Admission Prices are:
Adult – £13
Concessions – £8
Children (Aged 11-16) – £8
There is no additional charge for entry to the main stand.
The ground has a moderately sized car park manned by stewards on match days. Beyond this, parking is available in some residential streets around the ground.
The ground also houses a sizeable clubhouse, incorporating two separate bars. Note that the entrance is outside the main turnstiles, and it welcomes visiting fans. It is open daily, lunchtimes and evenings, and serves hot food from a menu available in the bars.
There are also three tea bars in the ground open during matches, serving hot dogs, burgers, chips and other assorted popular fan fodder.
Pubs and Food
Westleigh Park is situated some way from Havant town centre and isn’t supported by a large number of recommended pubs – but The Heron is within walking distance over the Petersfield Road by the ground. If approaching the ground from the north, visiting fans will also pass a Harvester Pub/Restaurant just after entering Rowland’s Castle.
Havant Town centre itself is serviced by a wide variety of pubs and fast food establishments, but is more than a short walk from the ground. There is also a reasonable fish and chip shop a short five minute walk from the ground along St Alban’s Road. Turn right out of the ground car park, left at the junction and follow the road round the bend.
Directions to Westleigh Park
Approaching from the North (A3/A3M) –
- Follow the A3 south until it becomes the A3M.
- Just after it does take the B2149 turning, signposted to Emsworth. At the top of the sliproad turn left along Dell Piece East, follow the road to a small roundabout and turn right.
- Continue along this road into Rowlands Castle and you’ll be confronted by a small double roundabout with a Harvester restaurant on the left. Go straight over the first and right at the second, taking the road running down the right hand side of the Shell petrol station.
- Follow this road round until it becomes a dual carriageway. At the first set of traffic lights turn left into Bartons Road. The ground will be on your right.
- At the top of the hill immediately after a pedestrian crossing, turn right into Martin Road. The entrance to the ground is several hundred yards along the road on your right.
Approaching from the East/West (A27) –
- Turn off the A27 into Havant at the Hayling Island roundabout (A3023). If coming from the west this is the first exit after the A3M split.
- Follow the road through the town centre until you go over the railway and come to a roundabout.
- Go straight on, through four sets of traffic lights. At the fifth, (after a garage on your right and 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 into Martin Road. The entrance to the ground is several hundred yards along the road on your right.
By Train (Havant station)
- Leave the station by the north exit (that being the side that doesn’t have the main ticket office).
- Walk north up Leigh Road, directly ahead of you on leaving the station. After half a mile the road eventually comes to a dead end by a junction onto a dual carriageway.
- Cross the road by the pedestrian crossing on your right and walk along the right hand side of the dual carriageway (this is pavemented, the route runs along a housing estate).
- Eventually you will come to traffic lights, and if you look right you should see the dead end of a small road and the ground’s floodlights beyond. Turn into the road and the ground entrance is a hundred yards on the left.
NO Supporters Coach running to the game.
Hampshire Senior Cup Quarter Final Fixtures – Tuesday 21st January 2014 (All kick off at 7.45pm)
Whitchurch United vs Basingstoke Town (Tie #39)
Gosport Borough vs AFC Bournemouth (Tie #41)
AFC Portchester vs Petersfield Town (Tie #42)
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