Keeper Pacanowski is man of the match as Havant are thrashed at Canterbury

Havant endured an unhappy National League 1 South trip to Canterbury.

Goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski was Havant's man of the match in a 5-1 drubbing at Canterbury.  Picture: Keith Woodland
Goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski was Havant's man of the match in a 5-1 drubbing at Canterbury. Picture: Keith Woodland

They conceded an early goal and ended up losing 5-1 in a game where goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski was voted man of the match.

Canterbury took a second minute lead when some sloppy defending led to the unmarked Ronan Taggert slotting home.

Havant levelled four minutes later when Jamie Rawlings fed Harry Croft-Baker to set up Eryk Bembenek for his first goal for the club.

Two penalty corner goals either side of the first quarter break gave Canterbury a well-deserved lead, the first scored by Tom Bean in the 17th minute.

This first corner gave Maciej Pacanowski no chance, but the second was a little bit fortunate - Pacanowski pulling off a good save but Toby Vaughan scoring from the rebound.

As the half was coming to an end, Havant won a series of penalty corners, and a Jamie Rawlings flick hit a defender’s foot on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded.

Miguel Rodrigues, though, flashed his shot wide.

Canterbury increased their lead with Taggert scoring his second on 56 minutes after Pacanowski saved his first effort.

Then, with Havant chasing the game, Canterbury grabbed a fifth.

Havant, who have now lost their opening two league games, host Sevenoaks this weekend.

Havant are the only team still without a point, with Sevenoaks immediately above them in the embryonic table.