Fareham hit for six as Havant celebrate gr-eight win

10/3/13    spt''Fareham V University of Birmingham hockey action. Pictured is Fareham's 'Alex Boxall''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13692-3)
10/3/13 spt''Fareham V University of Birmingham hockey action. Pictured is Fareham's 'Alex Boxall''Picture: Paul Jacobs (13692-3)
Katie Spooner is aiming high for City of Portsmouth Ladies. Picture: Keith Woodland

Developing talents can boost City glory bid

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Fareham were left to rue missed chances as their fight for National League conference west survival goes on.

As Havant almost certainly secured their status with an 8-0 mauling of Firebrands on Sunday, their south coast rivals were being thrashed 6-1 by the University of Birmingham.

And the defeat has left head coach Nigel Cook’s side just three points above the relegation play-off spot – with two games left to play.

It could have been so different for Fareham, though.

Without skipper John Grice and Jonathan Price – through injury and suspension respectively – the home side came under fire early on.

But they were frustrated as they found George Harris in fine form between the posts.

Fareham stood firm when James Seager was sin-binned but slipped behind on the stroke of half-time after Patrick Macdowell slapped home.

Lawrence Pike and Shaun Baker came close to levelling matters before they paid the price after the break.

Will Selfe made it 2-0 within two minutes of the restart – and it was not long before the ruthless hosts had made it 4-0 thanks to Mathew Pacey and Rhys Linnell.

Fareham refused to give up and put their visitors under pressure – only for Richard Marshall and Christopher Rawlings to add two more.

Alex Boxall had the final word, though, tucking home as Fareham finished with a flourish and could so easily have added more.

Havant had no such trouble edging six points clear of danger as they smashed eight past rock-bottom Firebrands.

Satchi Reddy set them on their way with a short corner on 10 minutes.

Pol Soms Irazola then teed up Indy Laly for his maiden Havant strike, before Mike Deller-Merricks made it 3-0.

Andy Pett completed a seven-minute hat-trick early in the second period, while teenage talent Ollie Nail added two of his own.