Havant head to the summit

Maciej Janiszewski scored what proved to be the match-winner for Havant against Spencer
Maciej Janiszewski scored what proved to be the match-winner for Havant against Spencer
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Havant coach Ady Adams was delighted with his side after they came through adversity once again to beat Spencer 3-2 in South League premier division one.

The away victory means they now top the division by two points, after title-rivals Old Georgians suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Oxford Hawks.

Old Georgians have now dropped five points in their past two games, while Havant haven’t lost since the end of October.

Adams’ side were dealt a blow just before hit-off, with Sandeep Singh injuring himself in the warm-up.

And they had to come from behind to register their seventh win in a row in all competitions.

But the Barncroft Way outfit came through the challenge thanks to goals from Jonathan Pickett, Tim Davenport and Maciej Janiszewski.

Adams said: ‘I was very happy, indeed, considering Sandeep got injured in the warm-up and couldn’t play.

‘And Chris Smith got hit in the waist with a stick in the first 10 minutes and couldn’t continue, so we only had 14 players.

‘We knew Oxford Hawks had it in them to beat Old Georgians. It was an opportunity for us to make a statement.

‘I thought Old Georgians would slip up at some point and we needed to be in a position where we could capitalise on it.’

Havant got off to the worst possible start when they went 1-0 down in the first minute.

Adams felt Tomek Bruml was fouled as he tried to pass the ball in his own 25 but nothing was given.

As a result, Bruml lost the ball and Philip Balbirnie slotted the ball into the net.

Despite the setback, Havant rallied to equalise thanks to a penalty corner strike from Pickett.

The visitors then started to dominate and were rewarded with a second goal.

Davenport won the ball well on the left baseline and then audaciously slotted the ball home from the narrowest of angles to make it 2-1.

Spencer pulled a goal back close to half-time with a finish at the far post from Adam Wilson.

The only goal in the second half was scored by Havant at a penalty corner, when the ball rebounded off the Spencer keeper and Janiszewski pounced on the loose ball.

Davenport had a great opportunity to extend the away side’s lead late on with just the keeper to beat, but his chipped effort landed on the roof of the net.

Adams felt Havant were the better side throughout and deserved to take the three points.

He said: ‘It was quite an open game but I always thought we were on top.

‘We nullified a lot of Spencer’s attacking threat in the second half.

‘We just tried very hard to get the ball into dangerous areas of the pitch and keep possession and we managed to hold on in the end.’

Havant host Oxford Hawks in another crunch game at Havant College this Saturday.