Fareham are county kings again

Laura Ryan in control for Fareham Ladies against Aldershot & Farnham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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Fareham turned on the style in the first half to score four times and seal a 5-1 Hampshire Shield final victory over Havant at Woolmer Hill.

They’ve never beaten their Conference West rivals when league points are at stake but Fareham certainly hold the upper hand over Havant in the county cup, as it was their third successive triumph in the final of the competition.

Havant paraded only a makeshift squad but were well beaten. Fareham took the lead midway through the first half when the umpires allowed Craig Peel and James Seager advantage after breaking up a Havant attack and Kent Langridge scored.

Havant responded with a smart equaliser – Colin French breaking on the left flank and providing a perfect low cross for Andy Pett to level.

Two Fareham goals in 90 seconds soon afterwards effectively settled the final.

Peel made it 2-1 from a penalty corner drag flick and Richard Jenkin sent a cross-shot past Andy Isaacs.

Nathan Palmer, a former Havant player, set up Alex Boxall for the fourth on the stroke of half-time.

Havant were struggling for any dominance in midfield but produced some fine counter-attacking hockey after the break, forcing three penalty corners.

But with 13 minutes remaining, Peel finished off a clinically-worked short corner routine to wrap up victory.