Havant make hay as Fareham end barren run

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Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant give leaders Exeter a big scare

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Havant pocketed four points from their England Hockey League men’s conference west weekend road trip.

On Saturday, they claimed a 2-2 draw against Whitchurch at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens.

Then, after an overnight stay, they crushed Cheltenham 5-1.

After last week’s strong performance against Team Bath, Havant picked up where they left off.

James Lawson fired them in front with a reverse-stick strike before Joe Naughalty levelled.

In the second half, the visitors forged ahead once more as a deflected effort from Raj Laly nestled in the goal.

But once again Naughalty cancelled it out, this time with a crisp shot from an acute angle.

Although Havant were frustrated to twice surrender the lead, it proved a good away point after they demolished Cheltenham.

Alex Hay fired the hosts in front but Andy Pett equalised before the break.

Jon Smedley then converted a penalty corner after fine work by Pere Morera.

And Smedley turned provider minutes later as Morera netted Havant’s third – his first goal since joining the club in January.

Smedley spent five minutes in the sin bin before doubling his tally.

On the stroke of full-time, Pett rounded off an excellent team performance with his second.

n Havant’s rivals Fareham scored four second-half goals to beat Stourport 4-1 and end a run of six consecutive defeats.

Craig Peel scored twice before Ben Hibberd and John Grice netted.

n Fareham II ended any Hampshire/Surrey Regional League relegation fears with a fine 2-1 win at Old Cranleighians, in which James Luff and Ben Cooper scored.

n Havant’s ladies’ first team beat Woking 2-1 – courtesy of goals from Tory Clark and Rebecca van Berkel – to keep up their south division one promotion bid.

n In Hampshire League division three, Mark Dixon’s hat-trick saw United Services beat Aldershot & Farnham II 3-2.

n Services’ second team lost 2-0 to Eastleigh in division six, while the Masters won 3-2 over Andover.