Hughes: Let’s take pos­i­tives

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South Premier 1 Ha­vant 2 Staines 1 “DE­SPITE the re­sult, we can take a lot from the game,” de­clared Staines' Geraint Hughes.

“We de­fended well, got some pass­ing mo­men­tum and looked dan­ger­ous.”

That was the as­sess­ment after de­feat against pro­mo­tion chal­lengers which proved a much sterner test fol­low­ing the 6-2 win against Pur­ley in the pre­vi­ous clash. Ha­vant had been scor­ing goals for fun, es­pe­cially from their penalty-cor­ner team headed up by ex-In­dia skip­per San­deep Singh.

Staines keeper Rob Bur­rows was not threat­ened un­til Ha­vant forced a penalty cor­ner after 10 min­utes, the flick guided to safety around the post by Ben Green.

The pace of Matt Wells and Chris Collins in mid­field gave Staines an at­tack­ing threat and Wells soon sent in a back-hand shot which trav­elled just over the bar.

Ha­vant broke the dead­lock and Staines were put un­der some se­ri­ous pres­sure for the rest of the first half, but some good de­fen­sive work by skip­per Ed Green, Jimmy Smith and Ben Green kept Pur­ley out.

How­ever, with less than a minute left to half time Staines con­ceded again and they had it all to do in the sec­ond half.

James Chap­man and Stu­art Hall mar­shalled the mid­field well and Hughes picked off loose Ha­vant passes from the back, Staines ral­ly­ing well.

Su­per blocks from Bur­rows helped and more flu­ent Staines at­tacks led to a goal when James Las­zlo and Matt Philpott worked in from the left, the cross find­ing Chris Collins who tapped in at the far post.

Steve McCarthy

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