First-half blitz sees Fareham triumph

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Fareham ladies secured a much-needed 3-0 win against bottom-side Barnes in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B.

All three goals were scored in the first half thanks to a double from Bex Close and one from Hannah Oldham.

Coach Steve Lemon said: ‘It was a really good first-half performance in a must-win game.

‘It was a little disappointing that we stepped off the pace and relaxed too much in the second half.

‘We now need to carry that momentum into next week’s challenge at home against second-placed Basingstoke.’

Close’s first goal came from close range after a great passing move involving Emma Jones and Jo Madeley down the right-hand flank.

Her second came 10 minutes later after Madeley’s initial shot was saved and she fired home the rebound into the bottom corner.

Madeley was again involved when Oldham deflected home her reverse-stick cross.

Oldham missed the chance to make it four before half-time when her penalty stroke was well saved by the Barnes keeper.

Fareham continued to press in the second half but were unable to add to the score in the second period.

Fareham under-14s gained revenge for their defeat earlier in the season by beating Havant 4-1 in the Hampshire League.

Helped by the return of Great Britain under-14 international Owen Pastides, the hosts took the lead from their first penalty corner.

British lions player Sam Willmott expertly finished from close range.

Zak Way slotted home the second on 25 minutes from another penalty corner, and two minutes before the interval Alex Wright was on hand to apply the finish to make it 3-0.

Fareham struck again after 10 minutes with another well-worked move setting up the hard-working Arun Raval.

Havant continued to press to salvage some pride from the game and were rewarded with a consolation goal after a break down the centre of the pitch found their forward unmarked in the D.