Havant Ladies hit four to break Brighton

Katie Paxman
Katie Paxman
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Havant Ladies concluded their four-match post Christmas series of friendlies with an emphatic 4-0 victory at Brighton Ladies.

Once again Anna Reynolds and Katie Paxman were outstanding for Havant, keeping any Brighton advances at bay.

Once settled, Havant began to show their superiority with a number of attacks down both flanks.

Pippa Lock, Fran Clements and Georgie Poole linked up well with the Havant forwards, forcing several short corners.

It was the impressive Reynolds who scored Havant’s first goal after a well-worked short corner.

A simple ball placed to the left fed Reynolds and she cracked home a low shot.

After the break, Havant scored their second goal from another good short corner.

It was Fran Clements who slipped the ball wide into the path of Zoe Stride and her trademark shot proved to be unstoppable.

Havant began to take control.

And a more patient approach paid dividends time and again.

Controlled passing around the back of defence created openings through the centre and left flank and Reynolds found opportunities to utilise her terrific passing skills, finding advanced positions with some accuracy.

It was one such pass which found Sophie Brigg in the centre-forward position.

She beat a defender and deftly took the ball round the goalkeeper before slotting home.

Havant’s fourth goal came from a similar attack.

Brigg beat the Brighton defence and slotted home.

Havant Ladies go to Southgate in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one action next.

Reynolds is away on an England trial but Kim Tyrell and Hollie Smith return.

Meanwhile, Havant men’s South League premier division one match at Lewes was postponed on Saturday, due to hail that settled on the pitch and made it unplayable.

Havant’s title-rivals Sevenoaks and Old Georgians played, both winning.

Old Georgians beat Milton Keynes 14-1, while Sevenoaks won 4-2 at London Wayfarers.