Battling Fareham fail to upset leaders... Havant give Barnes run for their money

Mike Deller-Merricks was on target for ''Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Mike Deller-Merricks was on target for ''Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Despite another excellent performance, Fareham were unable to upset league leaders Wimbledon 1A as they slipped to a narrow 4-3 defeat in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B.

Fareham took the lead on 13 minutes when Hannah Oldham slotted home after the keeper could only parry Maggie Kinder’s shot.

However, the hosts lost concentration with half-time approaching and conceded twice in as many minutes.

Just as the whistle was about to blow, Fareham got it back to 2-2 after Kinder swept home from Emily Masson’s penalty corner.

Kinder grabbed her second of the game after the restart, to give the Henry Cort side a 3-2 advantage.

Table-toppers Wimbledon wouldn’t lie down though, and levelled the scores from a penalty corner.

Then Fi Beckett had to leave the pitch with what was later confirmed as a broken thumb picked up during her attempt to prevent the goal.

The south London side fired the winner with 10 minutes to go when a quick free-hit caught Fareham off guard and was struck home from close range.

Coach Steve Lemon said: ‘I’m extremely proud of the way the girls performed but absolutely gutted we have come away with nothing.’

Meanwhile, Havant gave second-placed Barnes a run for their money before narrowly going down 1-0 in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one.

The match was delayed with Havant arriving late due to bad traffic.

But despite that the team competed very well and dominated for long spells.

The scores remained goalless at half-time but hosts Barnes’ struck four minutes after the restart.

Some neat play in the D produced a clear opening and the Havant goalkeeper had no chance against a well-taken shot.

Opportunities for Nicky Atkins, Zoe Stride and Emma Evans were well defended and while the visitors had the majority of the game they simply could not find the back of the net.

They are now just one place and five points above bottom-placed Teddington.