Pett wins prizes with derby treble for Havant

Andy Pett celebrates his third goal in Havant's 3-1 derby win over Fareham Picture: Mick Young
Andy Pett celebrates his third goal in Havant's 3-1 derby win over Fareham Picture: Mick Young
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Andy Pett was the hat-trick hero as Havant sealed a 3-1 derby success at Fareham to move up to second in EHL Conference West.

Pett opened the scoring at Henry Cort. And although Fareham levelled after the break, the Havant ace bagged another two goals to move his side level on points with third-placed Guildford.

Despite the loss, Fareham are still enjoying a solid season after narrowly avoiding the drop last term, and sit in sixth place.

Havant created the first chance of the match in the second minute when Pett won a penalty corner.

The shot was stopped by George Harris in the Fareham goal, but rebounded to Pett, who sent a reverse shot into the side netting.

Both teams had reasonable amounts of possession in the early stages, with play going from one end to the other.

In the 13th minute, Fareham won their first penalty corner through Craig Peel. The ball was worked right and switched back but Havant keeper Andy Isaacs saved the first shot and then cleared the second attempt from danger.

Havant found the breakthrough on 27 minutes when Ben Mackey, who had one of his most influential games of the season, won the ball outside the Fareham 25.

He was pushed right but drove into the circle and was able to send a goalbound shot, which was deflected past Harris by Pett.

Two minutes later, the away side had a chance to double their lead from their second penalty corner, but their set-piece speciallist, Jon Smedley, was on the bench and Daniel Faulkner dragged his effort towards Harris.

With the seconds ticking away to half-time, Fareham missed a golden opportunity to level the score when Sam Hatherley took a quick 25-yard hit but was closed down by three Fareham players.

He was dispossessed and the resulting cross eliminated Isaacs in the Havant goal, giving a receiving Fareham forward the job of just controlling the ball, and scoring from an open goal.

He did the first task but then flicked the ball the wrong side of the post.

Fareham levelled matters within four minutes of the restart.

A controversial high ball was controlled by Fareham in the midfield and the forward pass found the ever-green Peel in the circle, who made no mistake in putting his side back on level terms.

The next 12 minutes belonged to Fareham as they pushed their forwards high, stretched the game and pressed Havant.

Mo Lester made an outstanding tackle to deny the hosts from taking the lead.

But it was Havant who retook the lead in the 58th minute. Again, it was Mackey who was the provider and, again, it was Pett who netted with a neat reverse shot.

Both clubs had further chances to score – Fareham going close through Peel and Jon Grice.

As the final minute ticked away, though, Rorro Levy robbed a Fareham defender and, on entering the circle, was fouled by Harris.

Pett stepped up to despatch the penalty stroke for his hat-trick and seal the Havant victory.

The success sets up this weekend’s clash, when Havant take on Guildford – who sit directly below them only on goal difference – at Havant College.