Havant grab chance to sink National League rivals

Maciej Janiszewski celebrates Havant's second goal. Picture: Mick Young (151343-01)
Maciej Janiszewski celebrates Havant's second goal. Picture: Mick Young (151343-01)
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Havant beat National League opposition in their first competitive match of the season on Sunday.

The Barncroft Way side defeated conference east side Oxted 6-3 in the first round of the English Hockey Cup at Havant College.

Ollie Nail opened the scoring with a well-taken goal.

But the Surrey visitors levelled the scores soon afterwards.

Maciej Janiszewski – returning for his second full season at the club after previously making his debut in a short stint in 2013 – regained the lead for Havant with an excellent reverse-stick shot from the top of the D.

Sandeep Singh then opened his account with a trademark drag flick to make it 3-1 before Oxted replied to go in 3-2 at the break.

The visitors levelled the scores again early in the second half.

But Havant ran away with it in the last 10 minutes to create a comfortable cushion.

The turning point came when Oxted player Andy Cornick was green-carded and had a fracas with Janiszewski.

The Pole was subsequently praised by Havant coach Ady Adams for not retaliating and going on to double his tally and set up another goal.

Mike Deller-Merricks capitalised to score twice more and seal Havant’s passage to the second round of the national cup competition.

Adams said: ‘I think we could have played a bit better defensively – a few things need tweaking.

‘But I’m really happy with the result.

‘The scoreline was a bit flattering but cup games are about taking your chances and we did that.’

Havant ended their pre-season campaign on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Trojans.

They open their league programme next weekend against Old Cranleighans in South League premier division one.