19/11/17 : Mens 1 vs University of Exeter
Away - Univ of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter
Lost 2 - 3
Havant produced one of their best performances of the season so far, and gave League leaders Exeter University a real scare. Exeter were forced to work hard to secure the win and Havant did not give up until the final whistle blew.
The game did not start well for Havant when Sam Hooper scored on 4 minutes to give Exeter the lead. A break down Havant's left led to a penalty corner for Exeter on their first attack. Cooper flicking low and hard to Chris Bristows right, but he was unable to keep out the flick.
Havant pushed forward to get a foothold in the game and Craig Duffy, linked well with Maciej Janiszewski down Havants left side, but the attack was well defended by Exeter.
Maciej Janiszewski was then sin binned with a green card for a rash tackle, but on his return to the game he won Havants first penalty corner, again attacking down the left. A well worked routine led to Matt Cox converting and bring the scores level after 15 minutes.
Exeter were then down to ten themselves with another green card suspension, and Havant pushed to take advantage of the extra man. Adam Bloomfield flashed a shot just wide of the Exeter goal after good play down Havants right flank by Chris Smith.
Chris Bristow had to be at his best as the half drew to a close with a couple of sharp saves to keep the scores all square at half time.
The second half started with both teams trying to gain possession and to push forward. Again Chris Bristow had to be alert after an Exeter aerial ball went over the Havant defence, but he was quick off his line to clear.
Exeter then took the lead again in the 43rd minute, with a well taken reverse stick shot from Edward Matts, which Bristow could do nothing about. Havant increased the tempo again with Craig Duffy and Mike Deller-Merricks exchanging passes to win Havants second penalty corner. The execution was not great with the injection off target, Matt Cox retrieved the ball and fed Mike Deller-Merricks wide on the right and he rifled in a cross in front of the Exeter goal where Maciej Janiszewski deflected the ball into the net in the 47th minute.
The game was in the balance with both teams pushing for the winner. Toseeq was becoming more influential in the midfield and he tried to pick out Mike Deller-Merricks and Jack Stubbings in the Exeter circle.
Exeter then took the lead in the 50th minute with a great finish with forward Tom Watson lifting the ball and smashing a great volley into the Havant net.
Duncan Marsh then worked a great opening for Jack Stubbings, but his reverse stick shot was deflected wide by the Exeter goalkeeper. Sam Hatherley and Matt Cox linked well in Havants midfield but they could not find a team-mate in space and Exeter cleared.
Havant continued to push for a deserved equaliser, but Exeter held on for the victory that keeps them six points clear at the top of the division.
Havants Man of the Match - Matt Cox