Havant receive warning despite Spencer victory

Sandeep Singh. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
Sandeep Singh. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Jim Drury has warned his Havant side they cannot afford to lose their focus following Saturday’s 6-3 victory at Spencer.

The scoreline was not as straightforward as it looked, with Havant pegged back to 3-3 in the second half of their South League premier division one match.

Prolific Sandeep Singh took his tally to 17 after his four-goal haul while Mike Deller-Merricks added a brace.

Havant may have won by a three-goal cushion but they trailed 2-1 at half-time and had to work hard for the points in the second period.

Manager Drury said: ‘This was very much a game of two halves and it is to be hoped the squad take on board that they cannot drop their playing standards if they are to stay in contention to win the league.

‘The half-time talk by coaches Ady Adams and Steve Lawson highlighted the team’s shortcomings and the team started the second half in a determined manner.

‘Passes started to stick and the whole team’s work-rate increased.’

Deller-Merricks tapped in the opener in the first 10 minutes but then Spencer took control of the game to go 2-1 up at half-time.

Havant upped their tempo after the break and Deller-Merricks equalised thanks to good work from man-of-the-match Sam Broadhurst.

Singh opened his account with a trademark drag flick but with 24 minutes left, Craig Duffy received a yellow card for two over-enthusiastic tackles and while Havant were a man down, Spencer equalised to make it 3-3.

The visitors stepped up the pressure once they were up to 11 men and Singh converted to make it 4-3.

The former India captain then completed his hat-trick after the excellent Broadhurst won another penalty corner.

Singh rounded off the scoring with a penalty stroke after a Spencer defender stopped a chance on the line.

With rivals Sevenoaks winning their league double header, Havant are now four points behind with a game in hand.

They are also level on points with Old Georgians, who they play in two weeks’ time in the final game before the winter break.