03/02/19 : Mens 1 vs Isca
Away - Exeter University Sports Ground P1
Won 4 - 1
The West Conference League only saw two games being played this weekend due to the weather. On Saturday Chichester lost 2-3 against Cardiff Met and today Havant joined Olton & West Warwicks at the top of the table with a 1-4 win in Exeter. The only negati
Havant travelled west into the snow and ice early this morning with temperatures dropping to -8 degrees enroute, and wondering if the trip was to be all in vain. On arrival the pitch was virtually clear of snow and just a couple of patches of frost on the surface and the game went ahead as planned.
Havant took some time to get the journey out of their legs and Isca had the upper hand in the early exchanges. Havant soon started to get hold of the game with Matt Cox and skipper Craig Duffy taking control of the midfield. Then on 13mins Mike Deller-Merricks put Havant in front with a well taken goal, having round the keeper he fire into the empty net.
Midway through the half Brad Lock took a stick to the face and there was a lengthy break while he received treatment on the pitch. Unfortunately he was unable to continue and had a visit to A&E.
This seemed to shake his team mates and Isca pushed for an equaliser. Then with the last touch of the half Jack Stubbings doubled Havant’s lead with a deft touch into the goal after some good approach work by Ethan Hoddle.
In the second half Isca pushed again to get back into the game, but the Havant defence held firm with Jonathan Pickett and Indy Laly making some key interceptions. Then in the 45th minute Havant extended their lead with Matt Cox finishing well from a penalty corner.
Isca then managed to get on the score sheet with a well taken penalty stroke to give them some hope of getting back into the game. Havant were rocked back for a moment until Miguel Rodrigues scored the goal of the game with a swift counter and a deft touch past the outrushing Isca goalkeeper.
Then with 10 minutes remaining Havant nearly let Isca back into the game, Miguel picked up a yellow card for not retreating from a free hit, he was followed by Jack Stubbings with a green card, and then Skipper Craig Duffy also picked up a green card and Havant found themselves down to eight players!
Matt Cox and Charlie Stubbings then kept possession between them to play out the two minute suspensions and Havant needed Maciej Pacanowski to make some sharp saves to maintain the lead.
The game finished with a well deserved victory for Havant although the loss of Brad Lock will be a blow to the club.
He suffered a fractured cheek bone and had 63 stitches and will be sorely missed over the next few weeks. We all hope he makes a speedy recovery and he is back on the pitch soon.
Special thank to June & Bruce Christie who went to the hospital with Brad, so we could concentrate on the game.
Mike Deller-Merricks 1
Jack Stubbings 1
Matt Cox 1
Miguel Rodrigues 1
Man of the Match