Old boys haunt Havant as Fareham suffer double blow

Ex-Havant player Tim Davenport beats Jason Isaacs for one of his three goals at Havant College   Picture:  Mick Young
Ex-Havant player Tim Davenport beats Jason Isaacs for one of his three goals at Havant College Picture: Mick Young
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Familiar faces came back to haunt Havant as Team Bath Buccaneers eased to a 5-0 EHL Men’s Conference West win at Havant College.

Four of the visitors’ goals were scored by former Havant players, with old-boy Tim Davenport helping himself to a hat-trick.

And there was home misery for Fareham, too, who went down 4-1 to Exeter University in the league – and then crashed out of the National Knockout Cup after a 4-3 loss to Premier League club Hampstead & Westminster.

The results leave Havant rock-bottom of Conference West, without a point from their three matches to date, while Fareham sit seventh on four points.

Havant had only themselves to blame against Team Bath as a string of defensive errors gifted the visitors goals.

The home team had the game’s first chance in the fifth minute after Satchi had fed the ball into Andy Pett in the circle, but his shot was dealt with easily by keeper Tom Skinner.

Havant were playing their best hockey so far this season in the opening stages.

However, Bath took the lead on 21 minutes as Thomas Alsop finished past Jason Issacs.

To their credit, Havant kept plugging away and were unlucky not to level when Raj Laly found Craig Duffy who moved the ball on to Pett in the circle. But, again, Skinner saved the shot.

The home side’s pressure made Bath’s second just before half-time all the tougher to take as Sam Hatherley netted.

It was 3-0 shortly after the break when Davenport scored, before grabbing another.

Havant went close through Pett and Duffy, while man-of-the-match Bruno Gorrini impressed. But Davenport sealed his hat-trick late on to leave the hosts ruing too many mistakes at the back.

Havant were given something to smile about the following day, though, when they trounced Eastbourne 7-0 in the National Knockout Cup.

Goals from Satchi (2), Colin French, Pol Soms Irazola, Jonathan Pickett and Pett (2) ensured their progress.

Fareham will not be joining them in the next round after their 4-3 loss to Hampstead & Westminster.

And they were left empty-handed in the league, too, following the 4-1 defeat to Exeter University at Henry Cort.

The hosts’ only goal came when they were 2-0 down as James Seager teed up Ben Hibberd to slot home.