Tommy Wright scored a second half brace to make it two from two as the Hawks continue their perfect start to pre-season.
The Hawks were looking to pick up where they left off at AFC Totton last weekend and started superbly. A Josh Taylor free kick from 30 yards pulled a top corner save from Lloyd Thomas in the Horndean goal just two minutes in.
New signing Lucas Sinclair looked dangerous early on and moments later tested Thomas at the near post. He had the freedom of the left hand side of midfield, before cutting inside and letting fly.
Havant were really taking it to the home team from the get go, and should have taken the lead on 7 minutes. Sam Magri hitting the bar from a free header after staying in the Horndean box after a corner.
The Deans reacted well from the early pressure and grew into the half, having their fair share of possession but they failed to create any notable chances.
The half looked to be drawing to its conclusion, but a moment of madness ensued 10 minutes from the break. Benny Read got away down the right hand side before coming inside to have a pop on goal. His effort was palmed into the path of Daniel Ajakaiye who appeared to have an open net. Much to his relief as the offside flag went up when his shot was cleared off the line.
The Hawks did take the lead on 40 minutes, Straker with an effort from distance that took a nasty deflection before finding the corner, leaving in-form Thomas between the sticks no chance.
But the lead didn’t last long and a minute later, the home team equalised. A break away goal, Harry Jackson’s low shot scrambled across the goal before being tapped in by Tierney.
The goals just kept on coming at the end of the half. Joe Iaciafano with a deft finish from inside the area restored their lead, which meant the Hawks went into the break 2-1 to the good.
Half-time: Horndean 1-2 Hawks
Again a number of changes for the Hawks for the second half, but again, a start that was full of chances. Substitute Bedsi Gomis was the first to test the Horndean keeper after taking aim just outside the area on 47 minutes.
Hawks made it three, five minutes into the second 45. The ball broke to Tommy Wright on the edge of the box and he made no mistake, slotting it into the corner.
Tommy Wright notched his brace and Havant’s fourth on 57 minutes. Good work from Roarie Deacon who drove into the heart of the Horndean defence before slotting in Read down the right. The full-back got to the by-line and drilled the ball into Wright who finished first time at the near post.
The away side almost bagged a fifth, when on 67 minutes Lucas Sinclair cut in from the left before firing an audacious effort in towards the bottom corner, only for it to clip the outside of the post.
Wright thought he had bagged his hat-trick on 76 minutes. Deacon found him inside the area, he turned and finished superbly only for it to be disallowed by the linesman’s flag.
The away side did bag their 5th of the day eight minutes later, when Sinclair powered a first time finish home via the crossbar. Our centre-half trialist lost his man from a corner before heading the ball back towards goal. It found the feet of the winger who slammed it past the keeper.
The action at Five Heads Park came to its conclusion and the Hawks continued their unbeaten start to pre-season with a comfortable 5-1 victory.
Full-Time: Horndean 1-5 Hawks
By Ryan Honey (@ryanhoney9)