A MICHAEL TURVEY strike was enough for Hayling to come away from Blackfield & Langley with a 1-0 win.
In a Wessex League premier division match full of missed chances, Turvey’s second-half winners settled the contest in favour of the Humbugs.
Hayling came out fired up and Pete Murphy was inches away from an opener when he brought a Lee Tigwell cross under control before letting fly from long distance.
Tigwell again made himself busy with a run and cross that reached Alex Easton who clipped in a shot that was cleared off the line.
Blackfield & Langley were then denied by a top save from Humbugs keeper Chris Clarke to deny striker Alex Baldacchino.
On the half-hour mark, the Watersiders wasted another chance, this time as Kevin Gibbons headed over from six yards.
Hayling were also wasteful as Easton – with an open goal before him – took an eternity to finish, leaving keeper Steve Mowthorpe to smother his tame effort.
Another chance went begging on the hour when ex-Pompey youngster TJ Cuthbertson opened up Hayling with a run and cross, before George Bowerman fired straight at Clarke.
Just when it appeared a matter of time before Blackfield & Langley took the lead, Hayling put together a quality move that ended with Turvey sending a blistering drive past Mowthorpe to give his side the lead.
The shellshocked hosts took time to recover. And when they finally did, Hayling’s defence stayed strong to secure a 1-0 win.