The Hawks came from behind to beat Dulwich Hamlet 3-1 at the Draper Tools Community Stadium.
Goals from defensive duo Sam Magri and Craig Robson alongside an unfortunate Dulwich own goal saw the home side come away with all three points and condemn the visitors to their third league defeat of the season.
Although the hosts looked lively early doors, they couldn’t create anything to threaten Charlie Grainger in the Dulwich goal.
Doswell’s men should have taken the lead on 16 minutes when Joe Iaciofano brought down a Danny Kedwell flick on in the penalty area. He laid the ball back to the incoming Josh Taylor but his eventual effort went just over the crossbar.
Dulwich went in front against the run of play five minutes later. A hopeful ball down the line was latched onto by striker Deon Moore. He got there ahead of Ross Worner, who came rushing out of his penalty area, and lifted the ball over him and into the empty net.
It wasn’t long before the Hawks got back in the game. Taylor took aim from range, following a short throw in, only for it to deflect into the path of Sam Magri who went up from the back. The defender passed it into an essentially open goal to level proceedings.
As the half was drawing to a close, Havant went ahead in fortuitous circumstances. Billy Clifford drove into the away side’s half and fed Kedwell. His shot across goal was parried by Grainger into defender Jordan Agahatise who inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net.
HT – HAWKS 2 DULWICH HAMLET 1
Shortly after the restart, the home side nearly doubled their advantage. Magri rose highest from a Taylor corner, but his header was comfortably cleared off the line.
Mid-way through the second period the Hawks did get their two goal cushion. This time Craig Robson got above everyone and powered his header off the bar and in, following another Taylor corner.
Substitute Tommy Wright could have put the game out of sight with ten minutes to play as he ran clean through on goal. But the striker snatched at the effort and it flew wide of the post.
In the end, a comfortable day at the office for the Hawks who maintain their unbeaten home record this campaign.
FT – HAWKS 3 DULWICH HAMLET 1
Starting XI – Worner, Read, Diarra, Magri, Robson, McLennan, Taylor, Goimis, Clifford, Iaciofano, Kedwell.
Subs used – Poku, Wright, Straker
Subs not used – Sinclair, Deacon
By Ryan Honey (@ryanhoney9)