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Craig Duffy, second right, celebrates his goal with fellow scorer Sunny Singh in Havant's 5-0 win over Cheltenham
Craig Duffy, second right, celebrates his goal with fellow scorer Sunny Singh in Havant's 5-0 win over Cheltenham
Laura Ryan in control for Fareham Ladies against Aldershot & Farnham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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FAREHAM and Havant both made flying starts to their respective campaigns in EHL Conference West with 5-0 victories.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last time around, Fareham recorded their best opening-day win for three years after a resounding first-half blitz at Bournville.

In a high-tempo and quick-passing affair, the visitors took a fifth-minute lead when James Seager netted from a short corner.

It was an action replay just four minutes later as the same player doubled Fareham’s advantage from another set-piece routine.

It was 3-0 on 16 minutes as clever play down the left-hand side opened up the Bournville defence and gave Paul Hilton the opportunity to push the ball into an empty net.

Despite the advantage, Fareham refused to ease off and it wasn’t long before their next goal, player-coach Craig Peel converting from another short corner.

It was all over for their Birmingham-based hosts on the half-hour mark when new addition Alex Boxall made no mistake and deflected the ball over the keeper to put Fareham 5-0 up.

The challenge for the away side after the break was to kept their opponents at bay.

And although Bournville did improve, any hope they had of getting back into the game was thwarted by Fareham keeper George Harris, who produced a string of excellent saves.

Not to be outdone, Havant enjoyed a 5-0 win at home to Cheltenham.

After a fine save from Andy Isaacs kept out the visitors, Havant went ahead on 27 minutes when their new overseas player Sunny Singh netted with a fantastic individual effort.

The Indian forward grabbed his second goal three minutes later with a drag flick, and the result was put beyond doubt in the 56th minute when Jamie Askham converted a well-worked penalty corner.

Havant still kept the goals flowing, though, as Colin French scored his first National League goal, before Andy Pett teed up Craig Duffy for the best goal of the match.