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Poole Town FC
Bentley (pen)

Havant & Waterlooville
Willaims, Lewis, Fogden

Kick Off :
Saturday February 10, 2018 15:00
Competition :
National League South
Attendance :
Match Sponsor :
Resource Recruitment
Ball Sponsor :
Richard Gale (Gale Home & Investments)
Game Mascot :
Henry White
Poole Players :
Hutchings, Alawode-Williams, Smeeton, Spetch, Whisken, Moore, Baghdadi, Bedford (Rees), Bentley (Balmer), Brooks, Gillespie (Pettefer) Subs not used: Devlin, Aihevba

Poole, with the worst home record in the league, faced Havant & Waterlooville – with the best away record in the league.  The form proved true with Havant emerging winners to push Poole back in to the relegation zone.                      

The game had nothing of note until Hutchings was sent off controversially on 19 minutes for a foul outside the box.  At first it appeared the referee had given a penalty – but awarded a free kick.  I struggle to see how Hutchings got a straight red as not the last man.  But was not very clever defending by Poole.  After long delay, Williams clever free kick after Poole brought on substitute keeper Rees gave Havant the lead.  However 10 man Poole proved more than a match for Havant for the rest of the half.  A push in the box gave Poole a penalty on 41 minutes which Bentley converted to take the teams in level.  A flurry of yellow cards was the most notable other action of the half.

 Havant controlled the second half but Poole defended well to deny Havant for almost 40 minutes.  An excellent free kick from Williams brought a great save from Rees on 54 minutes.  3 minutes later Tarbuck’s powerful shot was nudged wide by Rees.  Just as it seemed Poole might be able to hold on,  an excellent cross from Williams found Lewis who poked the ball in to the corner to give Havant the lead.  On a rare attack by Poole Balmer’s hooked shot had keeper Young worried but went wide.  As Poole pushed for an equaliser, Havant broke with Hayter’s cross giving Fogden an easy tap in to settle the game.

A frustrating afternoon for Poole with the early sending off of keeper Hutchings having a huge impact on the game.  With 8 yellow cards and poor weather conditions the quality off football seemed to come second today.

Match report by Peter Leppington

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