Havant frustrated by cup-tie postponement

Havant captain Raj Laly. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Havant captain Raj Laly. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant give leaders Exeter a big scare

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Havant’s men were left frustrated last weekend after their England Hockey Cup game was postponed.

The Barncroft Way side were due to play Milton Keynes in the second round of the competition on Sunday but their opponents were unable to raise a side.

On the plus side, Havant were given a walkover and are through to the third round, where they will play Indian Gymkhana.

Coach Ady Adams said: ‘It was a bit disappointing for us.

‘We found out late on Saturday afternoon that Milton Keynes were unable to raise a side.

‘We’re through to the next round, though. It’s the national cup so it’s a big competition.

‘It’s a chance to play against teams from all over the country.

‘It would be nice to have a run in the cup but league success is the priority.’

Havant, who will again be captained by Rajdeep Laly, have only played once this season with a full side.

Sunday would have been their last chance to give new squad players the opportunity to play together before the league season starts.

However, they attempted to brush away some of the cobwebs with a friendly against Trojans on Saturday.

The high-scoring encounter ended with Havant triumphing 4-3.

New-signings Sandeep Singh and former Polish internationals Maciej Janiszewski and Tomasz Nowicki all got a run-out.

Trojans took the lead from a penalty stroke after their forward was upended in the circle.

Havant responded soon after, though, when Janiszewski converted from close range.

The second half saw end-to-end hockey, with neither team taking full control.

Havant scored three more times in the second half, with two of those goals coming from Michael Deller-Merricks.

Singh opened his account with a conversion from a penalty corner.

The former Indian captain was top scorer in the Hockey India League this summer, scoring 11 goals in 12 games.

These goals, however, were required as Trojans struck twice in the second period to make it 4-3.