Irazola helps Havant teach students a lesson

122731-01_MY_hav_hockey'Havant V Fareham at Havant College.'James Morris (Fareham) and Pol Soms Irazola chase the ball.'Pic Mick Young'23/09/2012
122731-01_MY_hav_hockey'Havant V Fareham at Havant College.'James Morris (Fareham) and Pol Soms Irazola chase the ball.'Pic Mick Young'23/09/2012
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HAVANT recorded an impressive 3-0 win over University of Birmingham in National League conference west.

Andy Pett deflected the ball past Birmingham keeper Tom Pinnegar to open the scoring on eight minutes.

Satchi Reddy assisted the goal with a good run round the back of the University defence.

Pett then combined with Sam Broadhurst to tee up Pol Soms Irazola who rounded the keeper but agonisingly hit the side board from a tough angle.

Havant continued to press while at the other end the defence and keeper Andy Isaacs were in fine form.

The home side doubled their lead on 28 minutes.

Broadhurst mis-trapped a penalty corner but adjusted well and fired the ball back into the circle where Irazola deflected it into the goal.

Havant continued to control the contest until, on 52 minutes, the visitors came close to reducing the deficit.

After some indifferent defending, the students had a free hit at goal from the penalty spot.

The ball looked certain to find the bottom corner until the agile Isaacs dived to deflect it past his post with the end of his stick.

Matthew Boote then set up Irazola to put the game beyond doubt with a third goal for Havant.

Fareham slipped to a 3-0 defeat to league-leaders Guildford at Henry Cort.

Captain John Grice, player-coach Shaun Baker and Matt Ramsey were all missing for Fareham due to injury.

Midfielder Alex Boxall did return to the side, though.

Keeper George Harris proved in good form for Fareham as he denied the leaders an early lead.

At the other end, young Luke Cornish looked sharp as he threatened the Guildford defence.

Although defending well, Fareham were not able to move the ball up the pitch and keep it up there, which allowed Guildford to sustain the pressure.

Man-of-the-match Ewen Steel intercepted well and stepped in front of the Guildford forwards to deny them.

But Ben Hibberd was shown a yellow card for a stick tackle as Fareham came under the cosh.

The deadlock was finally broken on 48 minutes.

Guildford’s James Ferguson shot past Harris.

Fareham then picked up three more cards, with Jon Price, JJ Seager and Chris Boyland all forced off.

Guildford capitalised and extended their lead on 57 minutes.

Harris then made a fantastic double save but Guildford got their third and final goal on 70 minutes when a short corner was deflected into the net.