The Gulls took an early lead but were unable to hold on against a strong Hawks side who climbed to the top of the table with the victory ahead of Bognor Regis Town playing on Saturday.
The visitors could have taken the lead inside 30 seconds when James Hayter flicked a through ball over the Canvey defence for Alfie Rutherford to run onto. Rutherford found himself inside the area with only Conor Gough to beat. However, the forward got the ball stuck under his feet and Gough was able to steal possession.
Canvey had an equally good chance soon afterwards when Marlon Agyakwa broke into the area from the left. The winger squared for Mitchell Gilbey but his under hit shot was cleared off the line by Lee Molyneaux.
The Gulls took the lead on 12 minutes when Jake Pitty whipped in an excellent cross from deep on the right wing to the back post. The cross landed perfectly on the head of George Sykes who powered the ball across goal and past Ryan Young.
Havant were awarded a penalty on 24 minutes when John Mbamarah was adjudged to have pushed James Hayter inside the area. Hayter picked himself up to take the spot kick but saw his effort brilliantly kept out by Conor Gough diving full stretch to his left.
As the half drew on the visitors began to turn up the pressure on the Canvey goal. On 32 minutes Conor Gough saved at the feet of James Hayter, with the loose ball falling kindly for Wes Fogden. However, the midfielder chipped his effort over the crossbar from close range.
George Sykes nearly made the most of a rare Canvey attack on 38 minutes, receiving the ball inside the area before flicking it over a defender and hitting a powerful shot which Ryan Young did well to save.
The final five minutes of the first half were spent almost entirely in the Canvey half of the pitch. On 40 minutes Theo Lewis had a shot from 20 yards which Conor Gough did well to turn behind one-handed diving to his right.
From the corner Havant had a string of chances in quick succession with Mitchell Gilbey and John Mbamarah making important blocks before Conor Gough was forced into a smart save.
The pressure finally told on 42 minutes when a cross from deep on the left found the head of Theo Lewis at the back post. Lewis rose high above John Mbamarah and headed across goal and in to draw his side level.
The second half was a quiet affair in comparison until Theo Lewis doubled his and Havant’s tally on 69 minutes. A headed clearance from Marlon Agyakwa saw the ball land at the feet of Theo Lewis 30 yards from goal, and with nobody applying pressure on the forward he unleashed a superb half volley into the bottom corner, beating Conor Gough diving to his right.
The closest that Canvey came to an equaliser was on 88 minutes when Callum Ibe slid in to try and flick home a low shot from 25 yards by fellow substitute Harrison Chatting. Any contact would surely have diverted the ball into the back of the net, but Ibe was unable to get a touch and Ryan Young made the save.
Havant saw the remainder of the match out in professional fashion to send them top of the league and leave Canvey still looking over their shoulders in 17th.
Photo: Holly Allison
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