25/02/17 : Mens 1 vs Henley
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Won 3 - 1
A good home win for Havant who played some attractive hockey scoring three goals, which could have been far more had it not been for an excellent performance from the Henley keeper.
The first chance of the game feel to Havant in the 2nd minute after Maciej centred across the Henley goal, but the diving James Speke could not get his stick on the ball. Two minutes later Speke shot wide after Niall Stott found him unmarked in the Henley circle. Havant took the lead in the 7th minute from their first penalty corner. Niall Stott once again started a slick move involving Mike Deller-Merricks and Tomek Bruml (who was celebrating his 18th birthday today), which resulted in Adam Seccull sending a drag flick under the Henley keeper.
Havant nearly went further ahead in the 16th minute after a three on two presented Louis Wrenn with a shot, but this was smothered by the advancing keeper. Henley at this point had their best spell of the half and put Havant under pressure. This pressure resulted in a penalty corner in the 20th minute, which they put wide. A minute later a Henley forward was gifted the ball from the defence, but his shot at goal was off target.
Havant’s second goal came after some good approach work up the right wing. Tomek Bruml moved the ball to Adam Bloomfield who entered the circle and passed to Mike Deller Merrick who deflected the ball into the Henley goal. Havant started to build up pressure, but were rocked in the 24th minute when a high shot at goal was deflected high into the Havant goal, to put the visitors back in the game. In the last five minutes of the half Havant won two further penalty corners, the first was deflected wide for a long corner and the second resulted in Niall Stott looping the ball high on his reverse over the keeper, which went just the wrong side of the post.
Henley started the second half strongly and won their 2nd penalty corner in the 40th minute, which resulted in a re-take, which they put wide. Two minutes later Havant nearly scored from their 4th penalty corner, but Adam Seccull's flick was defected by the keeper and then saved on the line by a defender standing inside the right hand post. Havant had a really good chance within a minute when James Speke was unmarked in the circle, but as he turned to shoot he slipped and the chance was gone.
Havant were having a good spell, but were guilty of forcing the play with long balls through the middle. Despite this they constantly tested the visitors defence. Henley had their moments when they built play well through midfield, but they lacked the penetration to trouble Chris Bristow in the Havant goal. Havant’s dominance made Henley drop back to half court to get a hold back in the game, but this allowed Havant to roll up the play bypassing the Henley midfield resulting with chances for Niall Stott, Adam Bloomfield, James Speke and Louis Wrenn, but all were thwarted by the Henley keeper.
James Speke hit the outside of the post from a deflected cross in the 60 minute, but the inevitable happened after such pressure when James Speke deflected a cross from Adam Bloomfield into the roof of the net. Two minutes later Chris Bristow at the other end pulled off a good save high to his left and the game closed with two more penalty corners, the first for Havant which was not stopped and the other to Henley at the final whistle, which came to nothing.
Mike Deller-Merricks 1