Havant better last year’s Hampshire showing

Naomi Brigg. Picture: Neil Marshall
Naomi Brigg. Picture: Neil Marshall
Katie Spooner is aiming high for City of Portsmouth Ladies. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Havant chairman Chris Pickett believes the club’s strong showing in Hampshire finals day is testament to the hard work put in behind the scenes.

The club bettered last year’s total and had six teams in action on Monday, with four of them winning silverware.

Pickett said: ‘Last season we had five teams in Hampshire Finals Day but to go one better this year really demonstrates we’re doing a lot right at Havant and overall I’m delighted.

‘To win the first three finals of the day was absolutely brilliant.

‘A lot of hard work goes into both the junior and senior sections in coaching, managing and administering and I think it’s really nice that all their efforts are rewarded by getting their teams through to the finals.’

Havant 2s won back-to-back Open League Cups after beating Haslemere 2s 3-0.

It was the second year in a row that the club have beaten Haslemere in the final.

Karam Bolina, Andrew Lloyd and Craig Snelling scored the goals in what was the opening match of an action-packed day.

The senior women, however, were beaten 3-1 by Trojans in the Ladies Cup.

Three of the four goals came within a six-minute period at the end of the first half.

Trojans took a 24th-minute lead against the run of play but Havant responded with an excellent equaliser from Naomi Brigg two minutes later.

However, Mark Robinson’s side conceded a second shortly after following a goalmouth scramble.

Trojans made sure of the victory with a third goal two minutes from time.

‘It was really competitive,’ said Robinson. ‘I just hoped we would be in it throughout and we were.’

The under-14 boys lost 3-1 in their final against Bournemouth with Matt Cottrell netting their only goal from a penalty corner.

They will play in the England Hockey National Finals in London on Saturday.

City of Portsmouth lost 8-2 to Haslemere in the men’s trophy final.

Adam Payne and captain George Podd were the Portsmouth goalscorers.