Chichester wiped out Havant’s first half penalty corner lead to beat their National Hockey League Western Conference neighbours 3-1 and progress to the second round of the cup.
Chichester enjoyed more possession in the opening quarter but one outstanding save by their former goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski, aided by a missed chance or two, kept the scores blank until the 19th minute when Federico Bertoni converted Havant’s first short corner.
The lead lasted nine minutes until teenager Alex Pendle was fouled as he carried the ball across the top of the D and equalised from the resulting penalty stroke.
Chichester had further opportunities to score before half-time – one shot hitting the Havant woodwork and another being well saved by the goalkeeper.
The second half saw Chichester begin to play some more flowing hockey with the game starting to get stretched.
The defence began to distibute with more confidence, allowing Chichester to apply more pressure.
Eventually an excellent cross from Alex Pendle produced a glorious one touch finish from Andrew Sparshott to give Chi a 2-1 lead.
Chichester defended well for periods of Havant pressure which created some dangerous breaks, leading to a Chichester short corner.
After a well worked routine, Dan Brook hammered home from around one yard for Chichester's third tie clinching strike.
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