Humbugs hopes blown by Watts

Hayling striker Alex Easton. Picture: Ian Hargreasves  (123516-1)
Hayling striker Alex Easton. Picture: Ian Hargreasves (123516-1)
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Nick Watts struck a hat-trick to rob Hayling of a Wessex League premier division victory over GE Hamble at the College Ground last night.

The former Pompey youngster scored a second-half treble to snatch a point for the visitors.

His goals cancelled out a double from Jack Salter-Vaile and a Joe Richardson header.

Halying had charged out of the blocks at the College Ground.

And after Lee Tigwell twice went close, he teed up Salter-Vaile to bully his way through and open the scoring on 15 minutes.

After Aaron Kinchen had forced a save from Hamble keeper Ryan Gosney, Watts fired a long-range effort wide of the Hayling goal.

The hosts soon regained the initiative and after Alex Easton set up Tigwell to shoot over, Salter-Vaile crossed for Richardson to nod in for 2-0.

Easton was then denied by a quality save from Gosney before the break. And the keeper’s heroics were rewarded on 50 minutes when Watts reduced the deficit with a powerful cross-shot.

Salter-Vaile ran in a third for the Humbugs, only for Watts to double his own tally.

And then seconds before the final whistle, he struck again to net an undeserved draw.

HAYLING: Hutchings, M Black, Vince, Dempsey, Cottle, Richardson, Kinchen, Turner, Easton, Salter-Vaile, Tigwell. Subs: Luff, Poulton, Kendell, Marshall

HAMBLE: Gosney, Oxalade, Harris, Lewis, Turner, Quirk, Longman, Bye, Watts, Camfield, Graham. Subs: Gillham, Scarse

– DAVE KEMP