Comfortable win keeps Havant in touch

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Havant remain a point off the top of South League premier division one following their 5-1 win over Milton Keynes.

They ran out comfortable winners but made heavy weather of it at times.

Havant went on the offensive straightaway and took the lead in the fourth minute after good play from Jonathan Pickett, Craig Duffy and Oliver Nail to set up Tomasz Nowicki for a tap-in.

In the 15th minute Havant went two in front after Tom Murtagh had robbed a defender and played the ball to James Speke, who fired home.

The third goal came two minutes later thanks to a tap-in by Duffy.

Havant started the second half strongly with good chances for both Maciej Janiszewski and Mike Deller-Merricks, before Sandeep Singh scored his trademark goal.

Milton Keynes pulled a goal back in the 56th minute after a goal-mouth melee saw the ball bounce up onto the post and round the back of Ben Cowling, which was pushed over the line by an attacker’s stick.

Havant had further chances but could only take one of them after Laurie Bowden scored from open play for his first of the season.

Three late Havant penalty corners also came to nothing, as one was charged down, another was saved by the keeper and the last was taken off the line by a defender.

n Havant ladies head coach Mark Robinson took a great deal of confidence from his side’s first-half performance, despite their 3-0 loss to Tulse Hill & Dulwich on Saturday.

The defeat now leaves Havant third from bottom in the South Clubs’ Women’s League division one table.

Tulse Hill and Dulwich took the lead just before half-time through Beth Wild, but Robinson believes his side were unlucky to concede at a vital point in the match.

‘We were incredibly strong in the first half and by far the better team, but one mistake cost us, which gave them a 1-0 lead at half time,’ said Robinson

But Havant could not find the form they had shown before the break, with Wild adding a second goal and Laura Parry also getting on the scoresheet.