A late afternoon trip to the sunny south coast in February always appears to be a daunting prospect. The reality proved different with light traffic and no danger of ice on the roads or pitch. Falcons were keen to maintain the momentum of 2018, their winning run, despite a number of regulars absent on the ski slopes.
With an emphasis on ensuring their game maintained passing and shape the pattern soon emerged as they constantly pressed the Havant defence. The hard working Havant defence ensured space was difficult to secure in these early exchanges. With excellent goal keeping it would have been easy to get frustrated but the dead-lock was finally broken as a worked short corner found Bowden at the top of the D and his lifted flick found the net.
Shortly after a copy cat move saw Bowden secure his second whilst Bear Smith crashed home to make it 3-0.
In the second half Sobey, Potter and Crampton-Smith were enjoying space on the flanks. Despite the low sun making visibility a little tricky, they were found with regularity as Jones, Billington and Atkins moved the ball across the pitch to find openings.
This paid dividends and the game was put to bed as Dunnill finished well for 2 goals, the second of which saw the ball ricochet around the D before being touched home. Bear Smith score 2 more to secure his hat trick and Bowden joined the club with a deft touch past the goal keeper.
The goal keeper had performed heroics most of the game with some excellent saves and he deserved a little bit of luck on several occasions. None more so than when having made the first save the third hat trick of the afternoon was denied to Dunnill. As the ball found both Smith and Dunnill unmarked on the post the ball refused to sit down and a touch from Smith and deflection from Dunnill would not find the back of the net from close quarters.
Wilsdon kept his clean sheet between the sticks with some exemplary calling from the back and with the points secured the return journey could be enjoyed by listening to the England/Scotland Rugby encounter. This would prove to provide mixed reactions!