26/09/21 : Mens 1 vs Sevenoaks 1

Away - Sevenoaks HC

League

Lost 1 - 3

Tough opening league game away to Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks Men’s 1s  3  -  1  Havant Men’s 1s
 
Havant Men's 1s opened their league season with a tough away fixture at Sevenoaks. The game started with Sevenoaks keeping possession of the ball and looking for an opening in the Havant defence. They found it in the 4th minute when a free hit on the attacking 23 was played wide right. The resulting diagonal cross found it's way to ex Havant Ben Allberry on the back post who controlled the ball for a tap in from 2 yards.

Havant worked their way into the game and were rewarded with a Penalty Corner in the 9th minute. The control at the top of the circle was not quite right and there was no attempt on goal made.

In the 16th minute Sevenoaks played a promising aerial ball into the Havant circle, but the Sevenoaks forward failed to control it and the chance passed by. In the 2nd quarter Sevenoaks had more control of the game than Havant however it was Havant who had the most circle entries. Two narrow angled shots finding the side netting and one defected shot going wide.

Sevenoaks themselves, had a reverse stick shot in the 29th minute that was comfortably dealt with by MacDonald in the Havant goal. In the last minute of the first half James Lester was shown a green card having been adjudged to play the ball deliberately with his foot. Sevenoaks then won a Penalty Corner with seconds of the half to go. The resulting high flick to the right was played away to safety by MacDonald and the half ended 1-0 to Sevenoaks.

Five minutes into the second half Sevenoaks doubled their lead when Max Denniff eluded two Havant players and drove past a third into the right side of the Havant circle. Max struck an unstoppable shot off his right foot into the top far left hand corner of the Havant goal. In the 41st minute Sevenoaks picked up their 1st green card as play opened up with end to end hockey. In the 61st minute Jatinder Bachu had the most meaningful Havant shot of the 3rd quarter, but his reverse sticks effort was easily dealt with by Richard Potton in the home teams goal.

A minute into the 4th quarter Sevenoaks picked up their 2nd green card for a double foul on Craig Duffy, which broke up a promising forward move. In the 59th minute Havant won their second penalty corner when James Speke was fouled and prevented a circle entry. This time the corner routine was slick and Jamie Rawlings sent the ball into the Sevenoaks net to the left of Potton.

For the next couple of minutes it was all Havant, but a quick ball out from the back by Sevenoaks was moved quickly down the Havant left and then with two passes found Ben Allberry free on the left hand side of the Havant circle. His first time shot did not give Andy McDonald any time to set himself and the ball was driven into the back of the goal.

Sevenoaks then picked up a yellow card in the 64th minute and Havant did plenty of pressing, but could not find a second goal. Sevenoaks were the better side on the day and controlled more of the game, but there were glimpses of promises from what is a new Havant Men's 1s line up. 

Next week Havant play hosts to Brighton & Hove who went down 7-1 away to Reading today.

Goals

James Rawlings 1

Man of the Match

Danny Rawlings