11/10/20 : Mens 1 vs Sevenoaks

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Lost 3 - 5

For the second week in a row Havant conceded five goals due to some poor defending, and ineffective attacking gifting the opposition 3 points.

Havant Men’s 1s  3  -  5  Sevenoaks Men’s 1s
 
For the second week in a row Havant conceded five goals due to some poor defending, and ineffective attacking gifting the opposition 3 points.
 
Sevenoaks benefited from an early penalty corner in the third minute after a clumsy tackle; an opportunity they took full advantage of with an Andrew Ross drag flick which went high and just to the left of Maciej Pacanowski, who seemed to be un-sighted. Havant struck back within three minutes when James Speke was credited with a deflected James Lester shot at goal, which flew high into the net past Richard Potton in the visitors goal.
 
With scores level it was Sevenoaks who held the territory advantage, but it was Havant who had the best chance of going ahead after Bradley Lock weaved his way into the right side of the circle crossing the ball past Potton, but no Havant forward could get a stick to the ball. By this stage of the game Havant had worked themselves into a position of supremacy with a good five minute spell, but it still needed Maciej to be alert in the Havant goal saving two Sevenoaks shots in short succession and watching a shot go wide. 
 
Sevenoaks went ahead in the 31st minute after Maciej had made a save with the rebound falling to a Havant defender who gave the ball straight to Havant old boy Ben Allberry with a reverse slap clearance. Ben no made mistake from a wide angle sending a rasping shot across Pacanowski into the side netting.
 
Havant started the second half and won a penalty corned within a minute of the restart, but this was well defended. The next goal was always going to be important and it fell to the visitors in the 40th minute. Some poor marking and defending allowed Sevenoaks to move the ball round the Havant defence until Jason Doherty-Bigara slipped the ball into the net. Worse was to come and only a minute later after a cross into the circle found Edward Matts unmarked who deflected the ball past Pacanowski for a 1-4 lead.
 
Despite this setback it created a positive reaction as Havant fought back. In the 46th minute Bradley Lock created a turnover in the midfield and on advancing towards the top of the circle set up James Speke who scored his and Havant’s second goal with a clever chip over Patton who came racing off his line. Within two minutes Havant had pulled another goal back after they swarmed forward in what was a puple patch. This time it was Bradley Lock who made a good lead slipping the ball to James Morris who found the unmarked Miguel Rodrigues, who neatly slipped the ball under Patton. 
 
The game was now nicely poised with Havant on the ascendency and the home crowd sensing a comeback. Disappointingly  the next goal however went to Sevenoaks. Havant conceded an unfortunate penalty corner which saw the drag flick from the top of the circle saved, but the rebound fell straight to Craig Morton who extended the visitors lead in the 52nd minute.
 
Havant won a penalty corner in the 53rd minute which was saved and scrambled away to safety. It was Bradley Lock who once again set up a double shot at the visitors goal and this was followed by Eryk Bembenek who tested Patton, but he patted it away without too much effort. After a period of high tempo hockey in which Maciej needed to be alert making a couple of good saves in some end to end hockey the game settled down with Sevenoaks happy to keep possession in the last ten minutes. Havant did win a penalty corner in the 61st minute, but once again the visitors defended well and this was the last opportunity for Havant.
 
In summary Havant need a little luck to kick start their season. They did play some effective hockey, but not for long enough, and too often there were lapses in concentration which allowed the visitors soft opportunities. It will come, we just have to remain patient, positive and work hard.

Goals

James Speke 2
Miguel Rodrigues 1

Man of the Match

James Speke