10:28AM, Wednesday 31 October 2018
Carl Pentney (pictured against Fylde) was sent off at Havant on Tuesday. Photo: Mick Vogel.
Havant & Waterlooville 7, Maidenhead United 0
Maidenhead United suffered a second crushing defeat in the space of 72 hours as they conceded seven at relegation threatened Havant & Waterlooville.
This was supposed to be a chance for the Magpies to put right a few wrongs from Saturday’s equally calamitous 6-0 home defeat to AFC Fylde, but instead their brittle confidence took a further bashing and the pressure has ratcheted up a notch on Alan Devonshire and his players.
There were mitigating circumstances once again. On Saturday Christian Smith’s sending off proved the catalyst to the side’s decline, while at Havant Carl Pentney received his marching orders for handling outside the area with the score at only 1-0 and the sides locked in a competitive clash.
But, at the moment, this team doesn’t have the confidence to deal with that kind of adversity. Alan Massey took over between the sticks and Chinua Cole came on for Nana Owusu. The game became about damage limitation, but the Magpies fell short on that score as Havant recorded their biggest ever National League win and won for the first time in eight attempts.
Massey’s first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Rory Williams curled home a 40th minute free-kick. The Magpies had fallen behind in the eighth minute to a Tyler Cordner header.
The visitors survived through to half-time but three goals in the space of three second half minutes rocked them back on their heels. Alfie Rutherford swept home from 12 yards to make it 3-0 in the 63rd minute before Alfie Pavey finished after going through one-on-one with Massey. Pavey then smashed the ball into the bottom corner for his second in the space of 60 seconds as the Magpies well and truly collapsed.
There was a temporary reprieve but the Hawks weren’t quite done toying with the Magpies. Rutherford latched onto Stock’s through-ball to score their sixth in the 80th minute and Alex Bradley notched their seventh five minutes from time.
The defeat was the Magpies fifth in a row in the National League and leaves them a precarious two points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to bottom of the table Dover Athletic. However, it's Maidenhead United who sit rock bottom of the form table.
Selected other results:
Hemel Hempstead Town 1, Slough Town 1
Marlow 4, Hanwell Town 1
Flackwell Heath 2, Ardley United 0
Penn & Tylers Green 3, Burnham 8 (Supplementary Cup)
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