In-form Havant thrash Purley

Sandeep Singh Picture: Mick Young
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Havant remain two points clear at the top of South League premier division one after they thrashed Purley Walcountians 10-0 at the weekend.

Ollie Nail and Sandeep Singh both scored hat-tricks in the show of force, with James Speke (2), Marciej Janiszewski and Jamie Whitehouse also among the goals.

The visitors, who have a 100-per-cent winning record in the league this season, opened up a three-goal lead after just nine minutes.

Nail made the breakthrough on three minutes following good pressure from Craig Duffy, before Janiszewski fired home after Mike Deller-Merricks’ shot was parried by the Purley keeper and Sam Broadhurst set up Speke to put the league leaders firmly in control.

Singh got his first of three penalty-corner goals when his shot somehow found its way past the hosts’ netminder.

Havant’s own keeper, Ben Cowling, got his first touch of the ball on 26 minutes – but it wasn’t enough to properly test him.

And as the away side continued to dominate, they added another three goals to take a commanding 7-0 lead into the half-time break.

Nail wrapped up his hat-trick following good work from Chris Smith and Broadhurst.

Meanwhile, drag-flick specialist Singh struck again, hitting the underside of the crossbar before the ball nestled between the backboard and net.

It was always going to be difficult for Havant to maintain their first-half momentum and this proved to be the case with only three goals added.

On 45 minutes, Whitehouse fired home the loose ball after Janiszewski’s shot was parried.

Singh completed his hat-trick with another deadly short-corner routine, while Speke grabbed his second when getting on the end of Tom Murtagh’s cross.

n Goals from Sam Horsman (2), Nick Walters, Matt Cottrell and Louis Wrenn saw Havant under-14s defeat Trojans as they booked their final place in the England Hockey Nationals Cup.

There was no such joy for Havant under-14 girls, who lost 10-0 against Bournemouth.