Stride treble sends Havant to cup final

Zoe Stride. Picture: Neil Marshall
Zoe Stride. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Mark Robinson is delighted that Havant extended their season by booking their place in the Hampshire Cup final on Sunday.

The match at Basingstoke was goalless at half-time but goals from Kim Tyrell and a second-half hat-trick from Zoe Stride ensured Havant won by a comfortable 4-1 margin.

The Barncroft Way side will play National League conference west outfit Trojans in the final on Monday, May 4.

‘We’re the two biggest teams in the county so it’s fitting that we play the final against each other,’ said coach Robinson.

‘We haven’t won a lot of games this year so every victory is important.

‘It’s really nice for the girls to end the season playing in a cup final.

‘I’m glad that we can keep the season going for a little bit longer.’

Neither side could find the breakthrough in the opening 35 minutes, with Basingstoke posing little threat going forward.

Pippa Locke, who has been a first team regular for Havant at just 15, created plenty of chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The visitors finally opened the scoring early in the second period.

Tyrell fired home a fantastic reverse-stick shot from the top of the D into the bottom corner.

However, the goal seemed to spur their hosts on and Basingstoke equalised from a penalty corner five minutes later.

From then on it was all Havant as Stride netted a well-deserved treble.

Emily Watson, another under-16 player, came on towards the end and almost added a fourth goal.

Robinson was impressed with the way Stride took her goals.

‘They were all really good individual goals,’ he said.

‘She was very predatory in the D.

‘We were able to link up with Zoe really well and she thoroughly deserved her hat-trick.

‘The third goal was the best of the bunch.

‘The goalkeeper came out to rush her but she remained really composed and she slid it past her.’

– SHAKILA BARABHUIYA