Perfect 10 as Havant sweep Banbury aside to go top

Mike Deller-Merricks scored twice for Havant
Mike Deller-Merricks scored twice for Havant
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Havant scored 10 against Banbury to move top of South League premier division one on goal difference.

Ady Adams’ side thrashed the newcomers 10-1 at Havant College to make it three wins out of three.

There were two goals apiece from Tim Davenport, Adam Bloomfield, Mike Deller-Merricks and Sandeep Singh, with further strikes from James Lester and James Speke.

Before the weekend, Havant were three goals behind Old Georgians and sitting in second place.

But Saturday’s result moved them three clear of their Surrey rivals ahead of a crucial showdown between the sides next weekend.

His side may have scored 10 goals and only conceded one but Havant coach Adams has set the bar high.

He said: ‘It’s great we scored those goals and we did defend better but we could have scored four or five more goals.

‘We missed a sitter a metre from the goal.

‘It’s vital we keep our foot on the gas because of the goal difference.’

Maciej Janiszewski’s initial shot was deflected in by Deller-Merricks for the opening goal on five minutes.

But in the 10th minute Banbury were back on level terms after a defensive lapse in concentration.

Havant were back in front a minute later, though, thanks to Lester’s reverse-stick shot.

They had two more opportunities to extend the lead but finally did so from Singh’s trademark drag flick to go into the break 3-1 up.

Banbury could not live with their hosts in the second half as Havant’s pressing, intensity and forward movement caused the visitors all sorts of problems.

Within a minute of the restart Havant made it 4-1 with the best goal of the game.

Bloomfield created a turnover in Banbury’s midfield and beat three players before moving the ball to Deller-Merricks in the circle.

Bloomfield then picked up the return pass and crashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Jonathan Pickett created the fifth for Deller-Merricks before Singh rifled home from a penalty corner.

Further goals from Bloomfield and Speke continued the rout.

And the last say fell to Davenport, who having being thwarted on a number of previous occasions scored twice in the last five minutes – the 10th a delightful reverse chip over the keeper.

However, Adams feels their opponents were not as bad as the scoreline suggests.

He said: ‘I think Banbury have been unlucky because the three games they’ve played so far have been against three teams that have been top of the league.

‘In patches where we weren’t dominant, they looked quite good.

‘They defended short corners very well so we had to use a few variations.’

The only negative from the day was Duncan Marsh having to go off early due to a torn hamstring.

He is likely to be out for at least a fortnight.