Ladies have nothing to lose in Trojans final

Havant under-16s in the national finals (fourth place). 2017

Havant youngsters perform well at nationals

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Havant will go all out to upset the odds when they take on Trojans in the Hampshire Ladies’ Cup final on Monday (12.45pm).

Mark Robinson’s side are the underdogs going into the clash at Haslemere Hockey Club, as their opponents play in National League conference west.

But the head coach is using that to his advantage and is calling on his side to be aggressive from the outset.

‘It’s nice that our season’s extended to Hampshire finals day,’ said coach Robinson.

‘Myself, Richard Cook (the manager) and the players are really looking forward to playing a National League team.

‘The last time we played Trojans, albeit in a friendly, we won and it was a competitive match.

‘It’s going to be tough, there’s no doubt about that.

‘They are a quality team and they’ll want to win it every bit as we will.

‘I want to be quite aggressive. I don’t want to sit back and half-court press them or try and kill the game.

‘We won the last game against them because we were very aggressive.

‘We’ve got a lot of very quick players, so we’ll be putting that pace up front, trying to close the ball down and try and hassle them into making mistakes.’

Havant booked their place in the final after a comfortable 7-0 win over Basingstoke.

But they have not been resting on their laurels and have maintained their training schedule.

Robinson said: ‘We’ve been training twice a week at the girls’ request, they wanted to keep going.

‘I was really pleased with that attitude.

‘As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got nothing to lose.

‘We go into the final as underdogs and we want to feed off that a little bit and make them a bit nervous.’

It will be the final match for Katie Paxman and Anna Reynolds before they go to university in what will be a full-strength side.

‘For quite a few players it’ll probably be their last game at the club before they go to university,’ added Robinson.

‘It will be nice to allow them that platform and have one more game to see what they can do.’

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