Teamwork crucial to Havant progress

Eveline Frouws on the ball for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (122734-03)
Eveline Frouws on the ball for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (122734-03)
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Drew Emery has called for togetherness after Havant’s ladies tumbled to a 4-0 defeat at East Grinstead on Saturday.

The first-team coach looked on as his side conceded three times in the opening 30 minutes of the South Clubs’ Women’s League division one clash.

The stuttering start gave them a mountain to climb, and despite an improved second period, they ultimately succumbed.

Afterwards, Emery pinpointed a handful of impressive individual performances but admitted his new-look side are still struggling for teamwork.

And with centre-back Kim Tyrell collecting her second consecutive player-of-the-match award, the coach is longing to see the ladies showcasing their skills on the front foot.

Emery said: ‘There were three or four individual performances up to the standard required but the whole team needs to start working together.

‘I look forward to the time when one of our attackers gets player of the match rather than our central defender.’

Emery welcomed the classy Amanda Hilsdon back into the Havant fold after she returned to the club from National League Horsham.

But his side got off to a sluggish start and individual errors handed East Grinstead the early initiative, with goals on 18, 27 and 30 minutes.

And while Sam Lister, Katie Pugh and Eveline Frouws inspired a more positive Havant display after the break, a fourth goal in the 53rd minute sealed their fate.

The Barncroft Way outfit have now suffered two defeats on the road, while picking up a point in their sole home fixture.

They host third-placed Maidenhead at Havant College next Saturday, with a 1.30pm push back.