HAVANT HIT BY HAMER BLOW; in Association with COMMERCIAL VEHICLES FA CUP 1ST ROUND E-On Giant-Killers Stung as Bees Keeper Pulls off Three Incredible Saves

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HAVANT HIT BY HAMER BLOW; in Association with COMMERCIAL VEHICLES FA CUP 1ST ROUND E-On Giant-Killers Stung as Bees Keeper Pulls off Three Incredible Saves


Byline: BY ALEX CROOK

Havant & W 1

Brentford 3

BRENTFORD keeper Ben Hamer yesterday ended last season's giant-killers Havant and Waterlooville's dreams of another fairy-tale run.

Hamer produced a stunning triple save with Brentford leading 2-1 at West Leigh Park as goals from Marvin Williams, Charlie MacDonald and Nathan Elder sent Havant crashing out.

Brentford, 46 places above their Conference South opponents in the rankings, were cruising thanks to strikes from Williams and MacDonald either side of half-time.

Havant threatened a late fightback after Ian Simpemba headed home in the 73rd minute but Hamer brilliantly kept out Jamie Collins' shot before twice denying sub Paul Booth from close range.

Havant manager Shaun Gale, whose minnows twice led against Liverpool at Anfield in last season's fourth round, said: "We got a good goal back and twice in the space of 30 seconds had good chances. The Brentford goalkeeper made three unbelievable saves and if we had equalised who knows what would have happened?

"You need lady luck smiling on you in the FA Cup and we did not have that today. I cannot fault my players because Brentford did a professional job and are a very good side.

"After last season people were expecting us to win but that was always going to be difficult to emulate. A non-league side playing Liverpool in the fourth round will not happen again for a while. …

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