Havant Hockey Club head coach Morris hopes ‘wonderful atmosphere’ for first home game in charge

James Morris, Head Coach of Havant Hockey Club

James Morris, Head Coach of Havant Hockey Club

Morris, who took on the role earlier this year, and his teammates last played a game at their home at Havant College about six months ago.

But now, with the set up of the Elite Summer League to give clubs across the region the chance to get back to action ahead of the preseason, Havant will be back in familiar surroundings tonight for the first time since. October – with spectators able to watch the match with Chichester.

Morris’s men currently lead the ESL standings after winning at Fareham (4-1) and Guildford (3-1).

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Havant can continue this perfect start to the competition when Chichester makes the short trip on the A27 to Havant College.

And Morris is delighted to provide the club’s supporters with something to complain about.

He said: “It will be pretty good (back home). We played at Fareham and there were a few spectators, then we played at Guildford where there were a few more.

“There will probably be a few more people there (against Chichester), it will be great to come back to our pitch. I tried to encourage people to come and support me and the club posted something on Instagram so hopefully we get a few people there.

“It will be great to come back to our home turf – we are really looking forward to it.

“I hope we play well and that they give us good feedback (home support).

“It will be just great to come back, for a lot of people who aren’t able to play hockey right now, even coming to watch a little bit will be great. Hope it will be a wonderful atmosphere.

Morris is pleased with the way his team has settled down under his leadership.

He used ESL’s two opening games as an opportunity to explore the club’s potential, while also giving young people an opportunity to impress.

Morris said: “The boys have responded very well (since their return).

“We are in a position where we are far from being in good shape for the season, but at the same time some of the ideas that I brought have been taken into account very well. It has been really exciting and a lot of fun so far.

“I have a lot of ideas in my head and the Elite Summer League is a great platform to try out some of them. Some have worked great, others will need a lot more work.

“It’s really nice to be able to try them out in a scenario without it being a higher stakes situation.”

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