The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By David Ward

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: ★★★★★

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