Gateshead, with a strong wind at their backs, made a superb start when, straight from the kick-off, Meesha Kanda chipped a great ball over the top of the Havant
defence for Liam Thear to volley home first time from 22 yards.
The Wales international had offers to stay in the pro ranks, but the midfielder was persuaded to sign for Havant
by manager and close friend Lee Bradbury.
Bet365 have priced up Havant
as 4-6 favourites but the value lies with 3-1 shots Wood, who have won two of their last three games.
Whitchurch were finding it difficult to get into their rhythm against a quick-moving and skilful Havant
attack and goalkeeper Iwan Williams had to pull off three first-class saves to prevent his side falling further behind.
In what looks a wide-open race, Havant
strikes as being full of limitless potential.
The game's turning point came in the 50th minute when Havant
took a quick free-kick which Mustafa Tiryaki dispatched into the back of the net - after which the hosts took control.
The early play was largely in Lions' half with the heavy Havant
pack proving difficult to halt.
Borough Council are currently holding public consultations on the Masterplan, and will then look to secure funding for Phase I of the scheme.
Sgt Rob Swift-Simmons, of Havant
police, said: "There has been a big problem for a while.
Tickets will be available as follows: All Priority Rights Holders from Monday, Feb 4 Season ticket holders who purchased tickets for Luton AND Havant
at home from Tuesday, Feb 5 Fan card holders who purchased tickets for Luton AND Havant
at home from Wednesday, Feb 6 Season ticket holders who purchased tickets for Luton OR Havant
at home from Friday, Feb 8 Fan card holders who purchased tickets for Luton OR Havant
at home from Tuesday, Feb 12 Priority for future home matches in the FA Cup will be given to season ticket holders and fan card holders who have purchased tickets for the earlier home matches.
Liverpool beat minnows Havant
& Waterlooville 5-2 in the FA Cup but it was the manner of victory that was amazing.
Rafael Benitez's side may have ultimately secured a comfortable and expected passage to the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Blue Square South minnows Havant