Robinson: Hard-working final performance sums up Havant’s season

Havant Ladies. Picture: Shakila Barabhuiya
Havant Ladies. Picture: Shakila Barabhuiya
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The Hampshire Ladies’ Cup final defeat summed up Havant’s season, according to coach Mark Robinson.

His side were beaten 3-1 by National League outfit Trojans on what was the final game for the club for Katie Paxman, Anna Reynolds and captain Emma Evans.

Robinson was delighted with his side’s work-rate but rued the mistakes they made for the first two goals.

It was a typically battling performance from Havant but, as has often been the case this season, they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

Robinson, who completed his first season in charge, said: ‘I didn’t see anything in terms of lack of spirit or effort, energy levels were still really good.

‘No-one stopped trying. All 
season, we’ve just missed out in the goalscoring department.

‘We’re so good at creating chances but we need to tighten up in the D and this game just highlighted our whole season.’

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, 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.

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

‘Going a goal down was disappointing because it was down to a mistake on our part.

‘The response was excellent with Naomi Brigg scoring. It was a really well-worked goal.

‘Of course to go behind to another mistake is really galling but that’s hockey.’

It was the last game for Paxman and Reynolds, who are leaving for university.

Meanwhile, Evans has finished her studies at the University of Portsmouth.

Skipper and player-of-the-season Evans said: ‘I was quite emotional.

‘I’m gutted about the score but we worked hard. We fought for it, we couldn’t have put in any more effort.’

– SHAKILA BARABHUIYA