Fareham have been presented with an ideal opportunity to get their England Hockey League Division 1 play-off campaign off to a winning start.
Paired with Preston and City of Peterborough, Fareham get home advantage first off - Northern Conference side Preston making the 260-mile haul down to Henry Cort on Sunday, 1.30.
On the face of it and if recent results are to count for anything, Fareham will start firm favourites.
They clinched the seventh play-off spot by winning four of their last five Western Conference matches, Niall Stott’s brace securing a 2-0 win over Oxford Hawks last weekend.
Preston, in contrast, won only one of their closing seven games in the Northern League.
But Peterborough, whom Fareham visit on April 14, are probably favourites to win the three-way play-offs.
They won five of their last six Eastern Conference matches, the other a 2-2 draw at zone champions Old Georgians, who Havant will face in the Premiership play-offs.
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