Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Andover New Street v Havant & Waterlooville 11/12/18

Andover New Street 2 Havant & Waterlooville 3

NEW Street had reached this stage of the Competition with a victory over Portsmouth in the previous round in a game and on an evening was a credit to all involved and this was marked, prior to kick off this evening, by a presentation from the Hants FA for Team of the Round. For Portsmouth now read Havant & Waterlooville, National League and Hampshire Senior Cup holders and an attendance in excess of one hundred and fifty on a chilly evening at Foxcotte Park.

As with the Portsmouth game the home side had organised everything superbly off the pitch their illustrious visitors did not really “play ball” on the night. Having handed in a team sheet with players listed from one to seventeen they then took the field with shirts presumably bearing squad numbers – some in the twenties and a couple in the thirties- and even then they failed to match the programme so the report is more lacking than usual because of this apparent slight towards their hosts, the spectators and the competition.

The visitors, virtually all of whom were over six feet tall as seems to be the case the higher up the pyramid one travels, controlled the first fifteen minutes of the game by simply retaining possession and barely allowing New Street a kick though creating few problems from an attacking viewpoint. On fifteen minutes the home side made what was probably their first foray in to the Havant penalty area and scored. A shot from Kylan Lewis was blocked and Shane LOCK steered the loose ball past the goalkeeper and just inside the post.

This woke Havant up to realising that possession was not enough, they had to go forward, and within a quarter of an hour of going behind they had scored twice, both from free kicks. The first was over the defensive wall and in to the roof of the net from Djamel LEEFLANG but the second scored by Will WOOD went past the wall, suggesting that it, and goalkeeper George Baxter, were perhaps wrongly positioned. Baxter redeemed himself with a fine save from close range before a smart finish gave Havant a third goal just before the interval. The defence was caught square and Nicke KABAMBA rounded the keeper to complete a fine move.

Possibly at the break it was suggested that the home side had stood off their opponents too much and certainly they showed a willingness in the tackle in the second half that was never excessive and to which Havant did not take too kindly. Street had pulled the score back to three two with a Callum SWEENEY penalty – perhaps a soft decision – and from that point the Havant players contested every decision that went against them, hassled the referee in numbers, and incited more than one handbag style melee. All unnecessary and unwarranted for with respect to New Street they had the skill to win the game as they wished.

Baxter kept his side in the game with a couple of quality saves and Street never gave up but quite simply the attitude of the opposition removed a lot of enjoyment from the game and caused thoughts as to “if that is National League football we will watch the Wessex League”! Havant move forward in the defence of their Trophy and hopefully will maintain their National Leagues status while New Street will continue their quest for Sydenhams League points. There will be better nights. (John Gorman) 

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