HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE
|Friendly||Lewis 1', 42', 44'; Huggins 20', 36'; Trialist 25'; Pavey 47'; Rutherford 65'|
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
Havant and Waterlooville got their Pre-season campaign off to a flying start putting 8 past Southern League Gosport Borough.
A first half hattrick from Theo Lewis twinned with a brace from Josh Huggins saw the Hawks coast into a 6 goal lead before the break with the two Alfie’s Pavey and Rutherford rounding off the game by scoring a goal apiece in the second period.
Manager Lee Bradbury named two eleven’s for each half with both featuring a mix of first team regulars, new signings and fringe players.
The Hawks got their opener within 30 seconds of the opening whistle with Tarbuck firing a pin point cross into the path of Theo Lewis who heads home from 6 yards out to give the Hawks an early lead.
In a phrenetic opening ten minutes of the game the Hawks were rewarded a penalty after Nicke Kabamba was deemed to have been fouled in the penalty area with the Hawks’ new signing stepping up to the spot but could only fire his effort onto the crossbar.
Gosport had a half chance a quarter of an hour in as they attempted to beat Ben Dudzinski with a scissor shot but the former Loewstoft stopper would always claim the ball.
Then a matter of minutes later the Hawks would double their advantage as Josh Huggins turned opportunist after Tarbuck’s well drilled cross came into the path of Kabamba who’s effort was parried by the keeper only as far as Huggins who saw the chance and despatched it into the bottom right hand corner to make it two.
And two would become three a matter of moments later as the Hawks’ trialist slots the ball home after a great cross in with the keeper rushing off his line it became a tap in from 12 yards.
Ten minutes before the interval three would become four as the Hawks continued to assert their authority on the game with Josh Huggins netting his second of the evening after initially losing the ball we gained it back before firing home for the second time.
Seconds later the Hawks would get their second penalty of the afternoon as Kabamba is again bought to ground in the 18 yard box. Having clipped the bar with his initial effort, he would see his effort would be saved by the Gosport ‘keeper capping off a frustrating evening in front of goal for the ex Pompey man.
Five minutes before the interval the lead would then become five as a goal mouth scramble lead to Theo Lewis firing the ball home to get his brace.
And that brace would become a hattrick seconds later as he gets on the end of a wonder cross from Bradley Tarbuck from the same distance as his opening strike.
Lee Bradbury changed his whole XI at Half-time with the likes of Alfy Whittingham, Charley Tuttle and Marley Ridge given the chance to shine.
And within seconds of the restart it would be one of the Hawks’ newest recruits that would make it seven and it would be heaven for Alfie Pavey on debut as he breaks past the Gosport defence before a great ball landed to his feet and with just the keeper to beat he cooly slotted home to get on the scoresheet on his Hawks bow.
It nearly became eight moments later when Tuttle swung a sweet ball into the path of Alfie Rutherford who could only steer his ball wide of the mark.
Then 25 minutes from time seven became eight as Alfie Rutherford twisting and turning in the penalty area, leaving the Gosport defence for dead before nonchalantly tapping home.
However the save of the game came from the Gosport keeper after Brian Stock unleashed a rocket from 30 yards looking destined for the top right before the keeper leaping like a salmon claimed his right hand to it.
A useful workout for Lee Bradbury’s side with every player bar Rory Williams getting 45 minutes worth of action before facing Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth side at Westleigh Park on Saturday.