Havant have forged a three-point gap at the top of the Western Conference – but with all their title rivals left to play in March the championship race is likely to go to the wire.
They host fourth-placed Oxford Hawks on Saturday and face trips to Birmingham University and Olton & West Warwicks before the season is out.
In last weekend’s double banker, Havant beat Cardiff & Met 3-1 but went down 3-2 to Team Bath. Cushioning that blow, however, was a surprise defeat for Olton by Bristol University and Birmingham being held 1-1 by Chichester.
A ninth minute goal by teenager Ethan Hoddle gave Havant the perfect start against visiting Cardiff & Met, who found themselves 2-0 down to a Federico Bertoni penalty conversion ten minutes later.
Jack Pritchard got Cardiff a foothold in the game a minute before half-time, but Portugal’s Miguel Rodrigues wrapped it up for Havant in the second half.
The game took it toll on Havant who, leg weary, lost 3-2 to Team Bath Buccaneers 24 hours later.
First half goals by Stuart Rushmere (15) and Harry Skinner (28) had Havant chasing the game before half-time and when Ben Stone added a third for Bath the writing was on the wall.
Argentina's Federico Bertoni tucked away two penalty corners in the final ten minutes, but his strikes came too little too late to spare Havant a 3-2 defeat.
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