Havant and Waterlooville continued their pre-season today as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against National League outfit Weymouth.
The Hawks started the game superbly, controlling play from the first whistle and they broke the deadlock after just five minutes. Tommy Wright got away down the left flank and when he found Josh Taylor on the edge of the box, there was only one thing on his mind. His controlled half volley found the bottom right corner to put them into the lead.
Weymouth reacted well and were soon level, albeit with a touch of controversy. A lofted ball over the top eventually landed at the feet of Cody Cooke. The striker appeared to be in an offside position when the ball was played, but the flag stayed down as he audaciously lofted the ball over Ross Worner in the Havant goal.
Dos’ men almost snuck in front just shy of the half hour mark. Brilliant determination from Taylor, who won the ball high up the pitch. He eventually slid Wright in down the right flank, but his low effort went narrowly wide after taking a touch off goalkeeper Benfield at the near post.
The game sparked into life past the half hour and it was the hosts to threaten next. Worner got down well to his right to parry away a decent effort from Ngalo who took aim from range.
Havant replied soon after with a chance of their own. Wright did extremely well to win the ball off the Ngalo in the centre circle, before turning and threading a pass through to the overlapping Lucas Sinclair. The winger drove the ball low and hard first time, but it was straight at Benfield between the Weymouth sticks.
HT – Weymouth 1-1 HAWKS
Dos changed it around at the interval as Daniel Ajakaiye and Godfrey Poku replaced Benny Read and a trialist. But neither side could muster a real opportunity in the first 15 minutes of the second period.
With new Terras manager Brian Stock ringing the changes throughout the second half, the game struggled to generate any rhythm. But the home team did manage to double their tally for the day when Calvin Brooks rose highest to nod home a looping Alefe Santos cross on 70 minutes.
The hosts finished off the scoring for the day when they doubled their advantage four minutes later. Santos went from provider to goalscorer as the ball broke to him at the back post. The winger fired his effort through the legs of Worner to put the match to bed.
It was a good, competitive game that could have gone either way. Stock’s changes ended up being the difference in an otherwise tight affair. The Hawks will be looking to bounce back on Tuesday night as they travel to Gosport.
FT – Weymouth 3-1 HAWKS
By Ryan Honey (@ryanhoney9)