Havant & Waterlooville v Slough Town, National South, Westleigh Park, Havant, Hampshire. Saturday 9th November - kick-off 15h00
With both teams riding high in the division, this must be the 'match of the round' - the first meeting between the two clubs.
Despite suffering two recent home defeats, the Hawks will be keen to close the gap on leaders Wealdstone in their objective to regain National League status at the first attempt having been relegated last season. Needless to say, Slough Town who start the match one point ahead of their rivals will also want to get maximum points.
The Hawks current record is P 15: Home W3 D3 L2 GF14 GA8: Away W5 D2 L0 GF20 GA9 Points 29 - position 3rd
Results: Home D 1 - 1 Welling United; W 6 - 0 Dorking Wanderers; D 0 - 0 Chelmsford City; D 0 - 0 Eastbourne Borough; W 3 - 1 Hungerford Town; L 1 - 3 Braintree Town; L 1 - 2 Hemel Hempstead Town; W 2 - 1 Concord Rangers: Away: W 3 - 4 Hampton & Richmond Borough; D 1 - 1 Dartford; W 1 - 3 Tonbridge Angels; W 0 - 3 Oxford City; D 2 - 2 Maidstone United; W 1 - 4 Wealdstone; W 1 - 3 St. Albans City
Havant's leading goal scorers are Jonah Ayunga (11 goals) and Danny Kedwell (6 goals) and their average home league attendance is 1,389.
Hawks reached the 4th qualifying round of this season's FA Cup before losing, somewhat surprisingly 1 - 2 (H) against Dulwich Hamlet. In the previous rounds they beat Hadley 3 - 0 (H, 3Q) and Taunton Town 2 - 1 (H, 2Q).
Since the merger of Havant Town and Waterlooville in 1998 they spent 12 seasons in Conference/National South (from 2004). Relegated at the end of season 2015/16 they bounced back the following season as champions of the Isthmian League before winning the National South championship the following season, 2017/18. Their stay at the top flight was short-lived as they finished in 22nd place last term. Although beaten in ten home fixtures they only lost two of these games by more than one goal and they still managed to record the best league result of the season - a 7 - 0 home win against Maidenhead United.
Bookies Odds: Havant WIN 6/5; the DRAW 11/4: Slough WIN 5/2
Prediction: Hawks have a somewhat inconsistent home record, so Rebels with 9 wins from 11 matches must fancy their chances.
Havant & Waterlooville 1 - 2 Slough Town