Fareham Ladies’ unbeaten run comes to an end

Emma Jones scored for Fareham
Emma Jones scored for Fareham
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Fareham Ladies’ unbeaten run came to an end at the weekend.

They hosted Basingstoke at Henry Cort School but in their final match of they year, were beaten 2-1.

Steve Lemon’s side had won four of the last five games in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B prior to Saturday.

However, they were unable to keep the run going.

The hosts started well and passed the ball and kept possession, which led to goalscoring opportunities.

However, Basingstoke got the opening goal against the run of play.

Ruth Crawford scored the opener in the 26th minute.

The rest of the first half was closely contested but the visitors remained in front until the break.

After the interval Fareham once again took control of the match.

They were rewarded for their efforts early on when they scored a deserved equaliser.

A short corner was converted by Emma Jones to level the scores in the 41st minute.

They continued to play well but Basingstoke took their chance to score with a goal from Emily Lewis to put them 2-1 ahead.

In the last 10 minutes of the match, the home side put Basingstoke under a lot of pressure but were unable to convert any of their goalscoring opportunities.

So Fareham finish the first half of the season in fifth place with 20 points from the opening 12 matches.

They will resume their campaign away at Guildford on January 9.

Meanwhile, the second string were also on the losing side in their final match of the year.

They went down 8-3 to high-flying University of Southampton in Hampshire division two.