HAVANT went top of South League premier division one with an impressive 6-4 win at London Edwardians.
Skipper Raj Laly was back for Havant after recovering from a bad injury and the team went to Battersea Park in confident mood.
Also returning was youngster Louis Wrenn, who was on an England training camp the previous weekend.
Havant started the game well and were in front in the third minute with Adam Seccull converting a penalty corner with a trademark flick.
London Edwardians were soon on level terms with a corner of their own. Chris Bristow made a double save, but was not helped by his team-mates as London Edwardians forced the ball home at the third attempt.
London Edwardians then took the lead from another penalty corner with a slick move that gave Bristow no chance of saving.
This knocked Havant’s confidence but they were soon level.
Niall Stott drifted through the London Edwardians defence and set up Mike Deller-Merricks for the equaliser.
Seccull then gave Havant the lead just before the break, converting Havant’s second penalty corner of the half.
The second period started well for Havant and Seccull completed his hat-trick four minutes into the half.
Then Davis Taylor-Bargent grabbed Havant’s fifth of the game as the visitors took control.
However, London Edwardians did not give up and kept working hard to get back into the game.
At one point the teams were playing nine-a-side, with the umpires giving yellow cards to both teams.
Then Seccull scored his fourth of the day from another well-worked penalty corner and it seemed all over.
But to their credit, London Edwardians did not give up and grabbed two late goals.
That meant they were able to really test the resolve of the Havant players, who showed their great spirit.
The experience of Duncan Marsh, Stott and Indy Laly helped Havant see out the game to secure all three points.
A deserved man-of-the-match accolade was awarded to Seccull.
And with news that Bromley & Beckenham were held to a draw the team are now top.
They have the momentum and will be hoping to go on and secure the crown with two matches left to play.
Havant host Old Cranleighans next and will need another success to keep them ahead of their rivals in the race for glory.