Havant claim fine double to boost survival chances

Floor Dijkmans in action for Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13210-269)
Floor Dijkmans in action for Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13210-269)
Katie Spooner is aiming high for City of Portsmouth Ladies. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Havant completed a morale-boosting double in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one on Saturday.

The Barncroft Way outfit held league leaders Hampstead & Westminster to a goalless draw at Paddington Recreation Ground.

Having snatched a point against the title favourites at Havant College earlier this season, it was the second time they have frustrated the Londoners.

And Drew Emery’s side remain the only team to have avoided defeat at the hands of the unbeaten side this term.

Havant were good value for their point, too.

A switch in formation – which saw a heavily-strapped Lauren Thomas-Peter move into the centre of midfield and Laura Hudson pushed up front – paid dividends for the relegation-threatened outfit.

They attacked in greater numbers and forced the hosts on to the back foot during an exciting first half.

Skipper Kim Tyrell fired narrowly wide with one of their short corners.

Meanwhile in open play, a superb move started by Sam Lister saw Katie Pugh pick out Nicky Wright with a long ball, and as she squared for Eveline Frouws, the Dutch striker went close to putting the visitors ahead.

After the break Hampstead & Westminster stepped up the pressure but Havant stood firm.

Player-of-the-match Lauren Wake, who is just 15 years old, pulled off a string of fine stops between the posts.

And in front of her, the back line of Floor Dijkmans, Helen Moore, Tyrell and Lister were brilliant in stifling the promotion-hopefuls.

Moore even produced a superb goalline clearance at the death as the ladies held out for a well-deserved point.

Bottom club Guildford claimed a shock 2-1 triumph at Southgate but Havant remain two points above them in the table.