Indy Laly scored one minute from the end to give Havant a 2-1 win over West Conference rivals Isca – a commendable result bearing in mind goalkeeper Chris Bristow was a hobbling passenger for all the second half.
The Havant goalkeeper sprained his ankle trying to stop Isca’s equalising goal and but battled bravely, making several key saves to earn the MoM award.
Havant had earlier taken a first half lead through a Muhammad Arshad penalty corner conversion, which Jamie Cooke cancelled out. Laly’s winner came in the last minute.
Havant, chasing back to back wins, controlled most of the first half but were conscious of Isca’s counter attack and several times Bristow made good saves.
Havant led with their first penalty corner, created by Matt Cox and Adam Bloomfield and resulting in a stick tackle. Arshad converted it to give the visitors a lead they enjoyed until six minutes after the break when Cooke picked up a rebound off the injured Bristow, play being held up for the keeper to be patched up.
Bristow shrugged off the effects of his painful ankle to deny Isca in the period leading up to the final whistle which Laly clinched the points with a rasping match winning shot.
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