Frustration for Havant but Fareham win seven-goal thriller

Andy Pett was on the mark for Havant
Andy Pett was on the mark for Havant
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Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Hosts Havant threw away a three-goal advantage to draw 3-3 with Cardiff & UWIC in the National Men’s conference west on Sunday.

Goals from Maciej Janiszewski, Andy Pett and Satchi Reddy put the hosts firmly in control and in a position to put daylight between themselves and Cheltenham, who occupy the relegation play-off place.

But a disastrous 13-minute spell cancelled out all that hard work, leaving Havant still nervously looking over their shoulders and in the relegation mix.

Fareham, meanwhile, can afford to relax somewhat after they leapfrogged their neighbours in the league following a 4-3 win against bottom-of-the-table Bristol Firebrands.

The victory sees them move into sixth in the table on 19 points, with Havant two points worse off on 17.

Fareham’s victory was to be expected, despite being the only side in the division to afford Bristol a point in the current campaign.

Havant, however, would have been delighted before hit-off with a point against a Cardiff side sitting pretty in third.

But there was nothing but frustration etched on the faces of the home players as the final whistle sounded at Barncroft Way after surrendering a 3-0 lead.

The home side opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a quickly-taken free-hit by Pett allowed Janiszewski to score.

And despite struggling to add to their momentum as the visitors upped the ante, it was Havant who surprisingly added a second when Cardiff found themselves down to nine men.

Pett was in the right place at the right time to score after good work from Sam Broadhurst.

Havant made it 3-0 in the 56th minute through a Reddy drag-flick from a short corner.

But within a minute, the away side reduced the deficit thanks to the finest of touches from Dafydd Tomas.

And within three minutes, Havant’s advantage was reduced to a single goal when Jack Pritchard netted.

The momentum was now firmly with Cardiff and they completed their comeback when Pritchard added a second on 70 minutes.

Goals were also plentiful in Bristol as Fareham had to come from behind to win their seven-goal thriller with the Firebrands.

A first-half Ben Hibberd goal put the visitors back on level terms, before James Seager gave them the advantage.

Olly Pomphrey drew the home side level in the second half, before another Seager strike, plus an Alex Boxall effort, put Fareham in control.

Ben McGeogh gave Bristol hope but the damage had already been done and Fareham held on to take all three points on offer.