Havant fire seven past Staines

Mike Deller-Merricks. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150127-610)
Mike Deller-Merricks. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150127-610)
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Havant produced a workmanlike performance to see off Staines 7-2 in South League premier division one.

Ady Adams’ side bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Spencer to record a resounding victory on the road.

James Speke took his goal tally for the season to 14, thanks to a brace.

Following just behind, on 13, is Mike Deller-Merricks, who also scored twice.

Sandeep Singh added further gloss to the scoreline with two, while Ollie Nail also chipped in with a goal.

Havant coach Adams said: ‘We’re still not playing at our best.

‘Defensively we look a little bit fragile and the goals we conceded were quite sloppy.

‘We started quite well and put quite a lot of pressure on Staines.

‘Last time we played them, Sandeep had five or six short corners and didn’t score any of them so he was determined to put that right.

‘He scored with his first two corners and had a third well saved.’

Adams was full of praise for his goalkeeper Ben Cowling, who made a superb save in the second half to deny the hosts.

‘Ben made an absolutely unbelievable triple save in the second half,’ he said.

Havant entertain title contenders Old Georgians at Havant College on Saturday.

Havant II moved two points behind Fareham II in Hampshire one following a seven-goal thriller with bottom-side Yateley.

The Barncroft Way side edged the encounter 4-3 thanks to goals from George Hughes-Stanton, Sachi Reddy and a brace from Tom Murtagh.

The wins leaves them seventh going into the penultimate weekend.

Meanwhile, the ladies’ were unable to avenge their loss to Tulse Hill & Dulwich earlier in the season – as 
they lost 1-0 in the final 
game of the South Clubs’ Women’s League division one season.

Havant secured their status against Teddington the week before and were hoping to end the season on a high.

However, they were unable to overturn the one-goal deficit in a tight encounter in London and finished with 16 points from 18 games.