Havant and Waterlooville boss targets derby success

Shaun Gale
Gale has been in charge of the Hawks since 2007

Havant and Waterlooville boss Shaun Gale is hopeful his side can take the bragging rights after their derby double header with Eastleigh.

The Hawks face the Spitfires at home on Boxing Day before travelling to the Silverlake Stadium on New Year's Day.

"If we were to win both games then we'd go above them. That's the incentive," Gale told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's going to be great because it means less travelling. Everyone wants to take local bragging rights."

Gale's side are 15th in the Blue Square Bet South table and currently six points behind Eastleigh, but have a superior goal difference.

Eastleigh have recently received a financial boost after Bridle Insurance became their majority shareholders.

But the Hawks boss does not believe that the Spitfires' recent cash injection will necessarily lead to immediate success on the pitch.

"Obviously they've been able to strengthen their squad and they've spent some big money on players and wages," he continued.

"The likes of Damian Scannell and Mitchell Nelson from Bournemouth won't be playing for peanuts.

"But this is a tough, tough league and money doesn't always buy you success and when you bring that calibre of player in the pressure is on."