Havant men cruise past Hawks but ladies’ woes continue

Havant's James Speke set up Jamie Whitehouse
Havant's James Speke set up Jamie Whitehouse
Katie Spooner is aiming high for City of Portsmouth Ladies. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Havant brushed aside Oxford Hawks 6-3 to remain second in south premier division one on goal difference behind leaders Old Georgians.

Maciej Janiszewski and Jamie Whitehouse opened their goalscoring accounts for the season, while Sandeep Singh (2), Tomasz Nowicki and Mike Deller-Merricks added to the scoreline.

Havant raced into a two-goal lead in the opening five minutes. Janiszewski got the ball rolling in the third minute, before Deller-Merricks picked up a 70-yard pass from Singh at the far post to make it 2-0.

However, Hawks pulled it back to 2-2 and Singh also had a penalty corner brilliantly saved by a defender’s stick just before the break.

However, the former Indian captain did convert twice early in the second half to put Havant 4-2 up.

James Speke passed to Whitehouse, who scored his first league goal with a rasping shot to the keeper’s left, but the sixth and final goal was the best of the afternoon.

Interplay between four Havant players from their defence to the Hawks circle was finished off by man- of-the-match Nowicki.

Hawks grabbed a third consolation goal late on.

Havant Ladies are still searching for their first win of the campaign, following a narrow 2-1 defeat at Oxford University.

The visitors fell behind after just seven minutes but got back on equal terms before the break.

Havant scored from their only penalty corner of the game, when Anna Reynolds drove home a deftly-slipped ball from Katie Pugh.

Hollie Smith had the best chance of the second half when her shot was deflected wide.

However, Oxford went 2-1 up and held on for the win.

Meanwhile, the rest of the ladies sides all won, including a 6-0 rout of Hamble by the second team.

In Hampshire under-14 division one, Havant beat Chichester 7-4.

Two goals each from Matt Cottrell and Ollie Reed set Havant on their way before further goals from Finn Eastwood, Matt Cooper and Louis Wrenn.

Ossie Tate was man of the match.