28/10/18 : Mens 1 vs Chichester
Away - Chichester Technical College
Won 5 - 3
Our men’s 1st XI had their second local derby in so many weeks and this time defeated Chichester 3-5, which was perhaps a flattering score line, in what was a well contested game.
Three times Chichester came back from a goal behind, but Havant scored an excellent penalty corner and an open play goal in the last minute to take all three points. This result moves Havant up into 4th position in the league table on 9 points.
It was Charlie Stubbings who scored Havant’s first and the first of a brace of goals in the 5th minute of the game. Ethan Hoddle deflected shot was saved by Chris Bristow in the Chichetser goal, but the rebound fell into the path of Charlie who made no mistake hitting the ball high into the netting.
It only took Chichester two minutes to level the score after Maciej Pacanowski had made a save, but the ball got stuck under his body and whilst he tried to clear the ball to safety Alex Baxter reacted quicker than anyone else to collect and send the ball into the Havant goal at short range.
After end to end hockey Havant won their first penalty corner in the 18th minute, which resulted in Havant taking the lead once again. Bristow dived low on his right hand post saving the initial shot but pushed the ball into Chris Smith who had run towards the goal having injected the corner, Chris made no mistake with the finish. Three minutes later Jack Stubbings looked like he was going to put Havant further ahead but Chris Bristow closed him down quickly and the chance was gone.
Chichester constantly looked dangerous and it was clear why they had scored so many goals so far this season. They narrowly missed the goal with a shot in the 20th minute and were effective at deflecting the ball into the opposition circle for forwards to run onto. Such a routine lead to Chichesters first penalty corner in the 22 minute, which was saved by Maciej. A few minutes later they won their second penalty corner after a rash tackle and again this was defended well, firstly by Maciej and then by Craig Duffy.
As the first half was coming to the end Havant had a couple of good circle entries, but it was Chichester who scored an equaliser with two minutes left on the clock. A defensive error gifted Chichester the ball on the top of the circle and Charlie Gibbons made no mistake sending the teams into half time on level terms.
Chichester started the second half on the front foot, but it was Charlie Stubbings who restored Havant's lead in the 41st minute. His reverse shot from the left hand side of the circle rocketed into the side netting of Bristow's goal. Again Chichester were not to be denied and on the 52nd minute Charlie Gibbons touched the ball home round Maciej on the far post, after a good Chichester build up down the left and a centre into the circle.
At 3-3 the game was anyones with end to end hockey producing opportunities at both ends of the pitch. Havant won their second penalty corner in the 62nd minute when Jack Stubbings was fouled in the circle; his retaliation earning a five minute yellow card. The resulting corner was converted by Federico Bertoni with an outstanding flick giving Bristow no chance.
Chichester won two late penalty corners that were both saved by Maciej and in a last ditch move for another equaliser Chichester changed Bristow for a kicking back, which back fired when Miguel Rodrigues found the empty net in the last minute of the game.
GoalsCharlie Stubbings 2
Christopher Smith 1
Federico Bertoni 1
Miguel Rodrigues 1