Havant & Waterlooville were today relegated from the Vanarama National League South, despite earning a 1 – 1 draw against Weston-super-Mare.
The Hawks went into the game knowing that a point could have been enough to keep them up, but St Albans City’s 4 – 0 victory over Dartford meant the Hampshire side went down on goal difference.
Things looked to be going well early on in the afternoon when a diagonal ball from Matt Paterson found Ben Swallow, whose cross was headed into the back of the net by veteran striker James Hayter.
However, in the second half a defensive lapse led to Scott Wilson equalising for the Seagulls in front of the travelling away fans.
The home team then proceeded to throw the kitchen sink at the team from Somerset, even sending goalkeeper Ryan Young up for a corner in injury time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and the Hawks finished the season in 20th place.
Lee Bradbury’s men will now have to ply their trade in the Isthmian League Premier Division next year, competing alongside teams such as Bognor Regis Town and Metropolitan Police.
Havant do have a chance to soften the blow of relegation next month when they play Baffins Milton Rovers in the Portsmouth Senior Cup final at AFC Portchester.