With four matches left, Havant are six points clear at the top of England Hockey’s Western Conference and arguably favourites to take the title.
A 2-0 win over Oxford Hawks, courtesy of a field goal in each half by Michael Deller-Merricks (15) and Matt Cox three minutes from time, coincided with second placed Birmingham University taking a 6-1 thumping from Cardiff & Met.
A second half goal by Martin Gough earned Fareham a 1-0 victory over winless Isca, while in the Women’s Western Conference Trojans pulled off a creditable 2-1 win at Swansea, where Tacita Haines (8) and teenager Imogen Lea were on target.
In the men’s South Premier League, Winchester went down 4-3 to Bromley & Beckenham, former Havant hit man Sam Druce bagging a victorious hat-trick. Kent Langridge, Adam Major and Kieran Molloy responded.
Guildford’s surprise 3-2 defeat at Horsham has given Trojans an outside chance of stealing the Premier 2 crown.
They won 5-0 at Woking with two goals each by Colin French and Dave McNee. Sri Lankan cricket fan Sinoxolo Mbekeni added a fifth. Trojans trail Guildford by six points, but have a match in hand.
In the Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1, Bournemouth held Fareham II 2-2 to remain second behind title favourites Epsom – Lymington cricketer Conor Moors and Oli Ridge scored for the Lions, with Scotsman Christian McKenna and Kieran Paige replying for the visitors – but only one point separates a posse of clubs chasing the leaders.
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