Henderson and Edwards inspire win... Havant draw

Nicky Atkins
Nicky Atkins
Matt Cox scored for Havant. Picture: Keith Woodland

Havant give leaders Exeter a big scare

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Fareham maintained their good form in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B with a 2-1 win over Andover at Henry Cort.

Tracey Henderson slotted the ball in the goal to put Fareham ahead after nine minutes but the visitors managed to get back on level terms inside half an hour.

The score remained 1-1 at half-time but the hosts came out strongly and applied pressure on Andover.

Fareham had several goalscoring opportunities and eventually put one of them away in the 64th minute.

A fierce ball was hit into the D and Sian Edwards scored from a deflection on the right post to give her side maximum points.

In division one, Havant picked up their first point of the season after drawing 1-1 with Staines.

Following a goalless first half, Mark Robinson’s side forced a short corner in the second period, which opened up an opportunity at the far post for Nicky Atkins to tap in.

Although the hosts were buoyed by the goal, they had to work hard to keep their lead intact.

Captain Chantelle Strudwick made a superb save low to her right with an outstretched stick to deny Staines an almost certain goal.

However, minutes later, another short corner for the away side was easily put away to the keeper’s right to make it 1-1.

Havant rallied and gained a further two short corners, both of which were well saved by very sound goalkeeping from the opposition keeper.

Strudwick was again called into action to deny the visitors and, at the other end, the hosts made a break with minutes remaining when Kim Tyrell’s brilliant pass found Stephanie Lurshay.

Taking the ball forward, and under heavy pressure, she managed to feed a good ball to the ever-present Atkins but her shot was once again saved.

Havant had a further two short corners but both were saved.

The first was a reverse-stick shot from Tyrell and the second from a drag flick by Sarah Johns.