18/03/17 : Mens 1 vs London Edwardians
Away - Raynes Park High School
Won 6 - 4
Havant travelled to Battersea Park full of confidence from recent results and performances and were pleased to see skipper Raj Laly return from a serious hand injury. Also returning this week, was youngster Louis Wrenn, who was on an England training camp
The day did not start well with car trouble on the A3, Adam Bloomfield, Craig Duffy and James Speke needing some mechanical help, but all was sorted although they arrived late for meet, but in time for the start of the game.
Havant started the game well and were in front in the 3rd 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 on the third attempt.
London Edwardians then took the lead from another penalty corner with a slick move that gave Chris Bristow no chance of saving. This knocked Havant's confidence, but they were soon level with a great run through the midfield by Niall Stott. He drifted through the London Edwardians defence and set up Mike Deller-Merricks for the equaliser.
Adam Seccull then gave Havant the lead just before the break converting Havant's second penalty corner of the half.
The second half started well for Havant and Adam Seccull completed his hat-trick four minutes into the half. Then Davis Taylor-Bargent grabbed Havant's 5th of the game as Havant 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 9 a-side, with the umpires giving yellow cards to both teams. Then Adam Seccull scored his 4th 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 to test the resolve on the Havant players.
The experience of Duncan Marsh, Niall Stott and Indy Laly helped Havant see out the game to secure all 3 points. A deserved `Man of the Match for Adam Seccull and with news that Bromley and Beckenham were held to a draw the team realised they were now top of the league.
GoalsMike Deller-Merricks 1
Davis Taylor-Bargent 1