Havant 2s: 3
Some attractive passing in the first 10 minutes ultimately flattered to deceive as Epsom failed to make any headway in the attacking third and then fell apart in the second half. Havant looked much the brighter side after the opening stages and took the lead after 20 minutes from a swift counterattack straight from a broken down Epsom short corner. Havant started to take increasing control of the game and a short corner dragflick made it 2-0 just before half time. The start of the second half saw Epsom muster one last effort from a side light on numbers (and sleep). However, a series of short corners went unconverted and when Havant then scored a third, again from a short corner dragflick, the game had gone. The remainder of the second half saw a ragged Epsom run off their feet by Havant, who could well have scored more. Epsom might have made more of a fist of this had 4 or 5 regular players been available but to be honest, even a full side would have struggled against the tactical structure, passing variation, and speed and fitness of a young Havant side who have now won seven in a row to rise to fifth in the table. Epsom, who will either finish third or fourth depending on the last round of games have a final rearranged home fixture against Barnes on Saturday 6th April, and will hope to bounce back and end the season with a stronger performance.