Havant are left propping up the National South table after suffering a third successive defeat – a sequence of losses they need to halt ahead of Sunday’s visit to Brighton & Hove, one of the other two sides yet to sample success.
Sevenoaks hadn’t won either prior to their visit to Havant College, but they came away 5-3 winners after a second half goal spree saw five scored in the space of 12 bizarre minutes.
Andy Ross converted the game’s first penalty corner after three minutes to give Sevenoaks the lead, but James Speke (level) soon levelled things up. By half-time Havant were behind again, old boy Ben Allberry restoring the Kent advantage three minutes before the break.
Sevenoaks swept into a 4-1 lead courtesy of two goals in quick succession by Jason Doherty-Bigara and Ed Matts, but Havant came storming back to 4-3 with two rapid strikes of their own through Speke and Migul Rodrigues to leave veteran PA announcer Bill Jones almost hoarse.
The College crowd was enjoying every moment of the goal fest, except when Craig Morton notched a crucial fifth goal for Sevenoaks right on the final quarter break. It was the second week running Havant had let in five goals.
Scott Rawlings scored Team Bath's equaliser in the 5-1 defeat at Oxford Hawks.
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