Havant ace targets cup charge

Havant centre-back Katie Paxman. Picture: Mick Young (133408-05)
Havant centre-back Katie Paxman. Picture: Mick Young (133408-05)
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Katie Paxman is targeting the Hampshire Cup crown.

The Havant centre-back reckons her side have the quality to mount a serious challenge for county silverware this term.

But the 17-year-old acknowledges the Barncroft Way team will have their work cut out to taste glory.

Havant travel to defending champions Southampton in the quarter-finals on Sunday (midday).

National League rivals Trojans head the other six contenders, which also include Fareham.

Paxman, however, is relishing the opportunity to scrap for honours.

‘It will be really good to have a shot at some silverware,’ she said.

‘And even better if we could go on and win it.

‘That would be a good way to finish the season but there are some good sides in it.

‘Trojans are probably favourites and their top squad is really strong.’

Paxman has been a key player in Havant’s South Clubs’ Women’s League division one campaign.

Her composed displays in the heart of defence have helped transform last season’s relegation battlers into a competitive mid-table outfit.

‘I’ve really enjoyed the season so far,’ she said.

‘Our coach (Luke Stone) has been really helpful with all his theory and training work.

‘And that has motivated us to go out and get up the table.’