Fareham scored four times in six devastating second half minutes to sink high riding England Hockey Western Conference visitors Birmingham University 5-0 – a result which helps Havant in their quest for the title.
Three of the goals came from penalty corners, two from the stick of former Great Britain Olympian Richard Mantell, who probably pots drag flicks in his sleep.
Niall Stott’s return after a calf injury was an enormous boost for Fareham and brought the best out of KES teen Will Penrose, who is developing into a an exciting prospect.
“He made a huge difference. His experience has been missed,” reflected head coach Ben Barnes. “Will has been improving all the time and moving Danny Rawlings back in to midfield has worked as well.”
Fareham turned round one-up courtesy of a 22nd minute goal by Martin Gough after Chris Davey’s initial shot had been beaten out.
Fareham’s match winning goal blitz came between the 53rd and 59th minutes – Mantell rifling consecutive penalty corners into the net before Jamie Rawlings added a fourth and Adam Bloomfield drilled home a fifth to give Fareham one of their best National League wins.
“I was really pleased with how we are creating more chances and are winning penalty corners,” Barnes added.
“With the threat we have we have to keep generating outcomes in the final third. Against Birmingham, it showed what we are capable of when we stay composed and work hard off the ball to support the ball carrier.”
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