HAVANT were not at their fluent best but still managed a 2-1 win against Milton Keynes in South League premier division one.
Goals from Mike Deller-Merricks and Tomak Bruml gave Havant a nervous victory.
The home side were without a number of key players and Milton Keynes won their first penalty corner in the 14th minute.
This was saved and resulted in a quick Havant break.
James Speke tried to feed the ball to Deller-Merricks, who was unmarked in the circle, but his pass went wide.
In the 19th minute Havant won their first penalty corner.
Adam Seccull flicked the ball which flew over the bar off the keeper’s helmet.
Havant were in control of the game and took the lead after Deller-Merricks made good ground through the midfield.
On entering the circle his reverse shot hit the post.
But he picked up the rebound off a defender and slotted the ball home for a deserved lead.
Milton Keynes dominated the second half and forced a succession of penalty corners.
But Havant made it 2-0 when the ball was slipped to Bruml, who buried the ball into the corner.
A minute later Milton Keynes pulled a goal back from a field goal.
With two minutes left on the clock Milton Keynes won yet another corner, which was saved by Tomas Santiago.
He was outstanding in goal as Havant secured all three points.
Havant Ladies lost 2-0 at London Wayfarers in South Clubs’ League division two.