Speke nets but Havant are beaten by Bromley

James Speke. Picture: Mick Young

James Speke. Picture: Mick Young

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HAVANT lost 2-1 at Bromley & Beckenham in South League premier division one.

The visitors had good spells of possession and the first chance of the game fell as early as the third minute for Mike Deller-Merricks but he shot wide of the goal.

Not long after, an attack from Bromley saw Dobson put a good ball across the face of the Havant goal, but this failed to find a forward’s stick.

In the sixth minute Dobson made a good run down the centre of the pitch beating several players.

However when Adam Seccull attempted to make a challenge he took the feet of the approaching forward, missing the ball which resulted in Bromley’s first penalty corner and a yellow card for Seccull.

When Havant got their second penalty corner, Seccull flicked low to the right of the goal but the Bromley keeper was equal to it.

Possession continued to be shared and in the 25th minute Bromley won their second penalty corner after Tomek Bruml failed to cut out a pass, which instead caught his foot but this was again saved.

Bromley went one goal ahead when an attack down the right side found an unmarked forward in the circle.

While the first close-range shot was saved, the follow up was flicked high into the net.

In the second half the first chance fell to Havant when Deller-Merricks put the ball across the face of goal, but once again the forwards failed to get a touch on the ball.

Not long after Bromley were presented with another penalty corner which again was saved after a slip at the top of the circle.

Havant seemed to have lost some intensity at this point and were struggling to keep possession for any real period as the advancing Bromley side applied more pressure.

But Havant dug deep and after a good attack a shot fell to Craig Duffy at the top of the circle.

But the advancing keeper made a comfortable save.

Havant made a break through in the 52nd minute when a ball from Gerald Cox found Ollie Nail in the circle.

Nail found James Speke who had a free shot which beat the Bromley keeper to level the scores.

Having got back on level terms this seemed to be the boost Havant needed.

In the 61st minute they won another penalty corner which this time broke down when the injection didn’t find its target.

After a melee, a reverse shot fell to Chris Smith, but this went high over.

Shortly afterwards Bromley had a long corner which they used to attack the right side of the circle.

A ball across the goal found a forward on the far post and he made no mistake to seal the 2-1 victory.

Havant were left very disappointed due to the amount of chances they had created but failed to take.

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