Rampant Havant go top and progress in National Cup

Raj Laly
Raj Laly
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Havant captain Raj Laly could not be happier with the weekend’s results and performances.

Havant beat Oxford University 3-0 to go top of South League premier division one and then followed that up with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Indian Gymkhana in the third round of the National Cup.

Laly said: ‘It’s been a while since we’ve got two consecutive wins on the same weekend.

‘Oxford was our first clean sheet for a while so that was important.

‘Then it was an exceptional performance to outplay a National League side for the whole 70 minutes.

‘All the players can be proud of their performances.’

With unbeaten Sevenoaks beating rivals Old Georgians 3-2, Saturday’s win against Oxford was even more significant, as it puts Havant top with a far superior goal difference to Sevenoaks.

Sam Broadhurst opened 
the scoring in the seventh minute but Havant were then on the rocks with yellow cards for Tomasz Nowicki and Maciej Janiszewski before half-time.

Oxford nearly hit back in the second period but Ben Cowling saved well from their penalty corner.

Sandeep Singh made it 2-0 with a customary strike before Janiszewski reacted to a loose ball to guide home the third.

On Sunday, Havant cruised into the fourth round of the cup at the expense of Gymkhana.

Laly said: ‘The only disappointment was we didn’t get into double figures!’

Singh’s drag-flick opened the scoring but Gymkhana equalised from a penalty corner in the 16th minute of the tie.

However, Havant scored just a minute later thanks to a second Singh goal.

Ollie Nail got the first of his brace before half-time and then added to it after 39 minutes, when he flicked home James Speke’s rebounded shot.

Almost immediately, Nowicki squeezed the ball under the Indian Gymkhana keeper to make it 5-1 before Mike Deller-Merricks rounded off the scoring.

Havant will play Sheffield Hallam at home in the fourth round on November 16.