Havant hard-done by in narrow loss

Havant's Andy Pett was at the centre of the controversy against Whitchurch     Picture: Mick Young
Havant's Andy Pett was at the centre of the controversy against Whitchurch Picture: Mick Young
Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Havant were left to rue two highly-contentious decisions from officials as they suffered a 1-0 home loss to Whitchurch in a feisty EHL men’s conference west clash.

They had only themselves to blame for giving themselves a mountain to climb when they had to play a part of the match with nine men after two green cards.

But controversy came for the winner when a Whitchurch penalty corner appeared to be cleared by Havant’s Andy Pett into a Whitchurch forward, only to be bundled into the goal amid an ensuing melee.

An objection was made by captain Raj Laly that Pett’s clearance had been illegally blocked.

But the umpires seemingly missed it and allowed the goal to stand.

And the hosts’ frustrations with the officials doubled midway through the second-half when Pett had a goal disallowed.

The Havant player got his stick on to a high ball and celebrated a well-taken goal but was dismayed to see it disallowed for playing the ball above his shoulder.

There was no disputing Fareham’s result, though, as they went down 5-0 to conference west high-fliers Team Bath Buccaneers, with ex-Havant player Tim Davenport notching a hat-trick.

The results sees Fareham eighth in the 10-team table on 10 points, with Havant one place above them on 11 points.

Havant ladies’ best performance of the season in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one went unrewarded in a 1-0 loss at Epsom.

Havant are still to record a victory this term and remain ninth in the table – two points above Guildford, who were beaten 2-1 by fellow-strugglers Woking.

In Snows Group Hampshire Men’s League division six, United Services men came away from Eastleigh boasting a 4-1 success.

Michael Pugh (2), Ryan Carey and Jason Clark were on target for the victors.

United Services Masters went down by the same scoreline to high-flying Petersfield Vets in Wessex Masters League division two.

Services went into the break at 1-1 after a fine Daz Bendall effort, but own goals by Glen Taylor and Phil Wing helped seal their fate.

City of Portsmouth men failed to get their stop-start season back on track after a 6-3 loss to Basingstoke. Ben Hodges (2) and Jon Veck both scored.