Haslemere Ladies 1s 0 - 2 Havant ladies 1s
Havant turned up at Haslemere knowing they would face a side who have been free scoring in the league so far. After last week’s disappointment against Southampton, it was important to start strongly especially where weather conditions weren’t ideal. The plan was for the team to ensure shape throughout the game and capitalise more with offensive opportunities.
A strong start resulted in the 1st half where Havant created countless opportunities. Great work from the front 3 of Poppy Herbert, Verena Grave and Alice Worsley put the Haslemere defence under extreme pressure. Numerous penalty corners resulted where Alice Lane led the calls and eventually Havant were deservedly in front early in the 1st half with Louisa Taylor being the goal scorer. Haslemere reacted after Havant's goal and started to press the Havant's defence more aggressively. Havant were skilfully able to counter the press with precise passing in defence and half-backs Jasmin Sinclair and Sarah Murray able to find effective balls down the channels. At times Havant became guilty of giving possession away in the midfield although Kimberley Tyrell was able to gradually ensure control and led the Havant dominance with the help of inside forwards Katie Peckham, Ella Welch and captain Izzy Parry.
Havant went into half time being 1 goal up and needed to plan for the 2nd half. The half-time team talk focused on countering Haslemere’s press and ensuring composure with outletting from the back. The emphasis was also for keeping shape defensively as the game progressed.
The 2nd half started brightly with Alice Lane and Louisa Taylor able to command control from the Full-back positions. At times there were half chances created by Haslemere but the defence stood resolute with great authority shown by the young Goalkeeper Pippa Jones.
Exciting skill was shown by Poppy Herbert midway through the 2nd half where speed, stick-work and agility couldn’t be handled by the Haslemere defence – a long dribble resulted in a clumsy challenge in the D where a penalty stroke was awarded. Cat Evans confidently stood up to take the penalty and neatly dispatched into the left corner of the goal. Being 2 goals up, Havant were able to control the game and maintain shape for the remainder of the 2nd half. The energy levels remained high until the final whistle where work rate, discipline and mental toughness got the team a well deserved 2 nil victory.