Men’s 1s: Smash and grab at Havant

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI


Havant 2s: 3

Epsom: 4 (Culff, Smith, Midmer, P.Atkinson)


Havant has not been a happy hunting ground for Epsom in recent years and it looked like deja-vu as the home side took an early 1-0 lead and subsequently stormed forward repeatedly. However, Epsom dug in and on 15 minutes equalised against the run of play as Alex Culff clinically finished a rare counterattack 1-1. Soon after, another rare Epsom attack saw Wade Joubert cleverly find right-back Kai Smith stealing in unnoticed at the far post to make it 2-1. Havant were still dominating the general play and eventually forced enough pressure to make it 2-2 on the stroke of half time.

The second half saw Epsom start to wake up and make the game much more even. They continued to look inventive in attack and on 55 minutes a good move saw James Midmer sweep home Mike Atkinson‚Äôs cross to make it 3-2. Havant flew forward but Epsom defended bravely and ‘keeper Ed Burton-Brown looked in no mood to be beaten from a number of short corners. Havant threw numbers forward as time ticked on, and with 10 minutes to go a flowing Epsom counter-attack saw Scott Barton, Kai Smith and Mike Atkinson combine neatly to set up Paul Atkinson to make it 4-2. The final 10 minutes were like the first 20. Epsom defended tooth and nail; Havant cut the deficit to 4-3 from a short corner with 5 minutes to go, but Epsom held the ball neatly in the closing stages to close out their best away result for some time. The side play Woking at home next week.