Havant’s poor run of results continued with a fourth successive South Division 1 defeat at third-placed Southgate, whose 2-1 win preceded a 5-0 victory at Fareham.
The game was delayed for half an hour as a short hail storm covered the pitch white, but it was all clear by the time the game started.
Havant made a poor start, conceding a goal in the first minute. A diagonal ball to the Southgate right wing should have been intercepted and the resulting cross was deflected in at the far post by Matthew Allister.
In the 10th minute the visitors were two down after another long ball, this time down Havant’s left was deflected into the goal by Max Garner and it looked like it was going to be a tough day.
However, to their credit, Havant dug in and showed some real character as they fought to get back into the game. They had long spells of possession but they could not create any clear cut chances.
It was not until the 61st minute when Havant got on the score sheet with some good work down Havant’s right and Craig Duffy [pictured above] was on hand to finish off the move.
Unfortunately Havant could not grab a second goal as Southgate’s defence held firm in a nervy last 10 mins.
A disappointing result and Havant must now re-group for the remaining three games in order to get back to winning ways. They host Brighton & Hove on Sunday – a result Fareham will be keeping a very close eye on …
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