IRON PAY PENALTY AS PRIOR IS SPOT ON
JASON PRIOR’S hattrick of second half penalties ensured the visiting Hawks returned from Cressing Road with all three points.
After a goalless first half, the former AFC Wimbledon and Bognor Regis striker benefited from some dreadful individual mistakes by Iron defenders to convert his three penalties on 48, 53 and 78 minutes.
Although the home side pulled a goal back courtesy of substitute Marcel Barrington on 66 minutes, there was never any doubt which team was going to win and deservedly so.
Delighted Havant boss Lee Bradbury told
The NLP: “We set our stall out from the off, we knew what to expect because this place is a hard one to come to and get something from.
“But credit to my lads, they kept their discipline, worked hard for one another and together as a team.
“We showed here what we are capable of in this league.”
Braintree boss Brad Quinton said: “I am bitterly disappointed at the outcome, particularly at giving away three penalties in the second half.
“Some of my players were simply not at the races today. It’s left a bitter taste in my mouth.
“I think some were clearly not fit enough and you simply can’t get away with that at this level of the game.” STAR MAN: Jason Prior (Havant & Waterlooville) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★