Havant & Waterlooville maintained their National League South title push with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Welling United.

A 73rd-minute Dan Strugnell goal was enough to edge Lee Bradbury’s side to a vital three points at Park View Road on Saturday. The Hawks had to hang on in the face of late pressure and after the game the boss praised their resilience.

Bradbury said: ‘We showed just why we’ve got the best defensive record in the league.

“This was somewhere around our 20th clean sheet – nearly half the games – we have kept this season. Defensively, it was a very strong performance.

“The game was tight with limited chances at both ends. I always felt whoever scored first would have to defend for their lives to protect their lead.

“There was so much riding on the game for both teams. We needed to win to stay top and they needed to win to stay in the play-off places.”

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