31/10/20 : Ladies 1 vs Brighton & Hove 2
Home - Havant College
Won 2 - 1
Two second half goals secure the points - up to third
Two sharply taken second half goals from Verena Grave were enough to give Havant all three points in this South Coast clash. Havant will come away though feeling they should have won by a larger margin given their control of the match and chances created.
With only four minutes on the clock, Havant won their first penalty corner but the shot went wide. Alice Worsley, Verena and player of the match, Kim Tyrell then engineered shooting positions without forcing the Brighton keeper into a save. After Ella Welch won a third penalty corner in the 25th minute, a deflection from Rae Allen brought out a good save and the Brighton defence scrambled the ball to safety. By now the home team’s impatience was starting to show, with some inaccurate passing, as they tried to force the issue. It wasn’t until the 31st minute that Brighton made their first meaningful attack, but the centre back pairing of Louisa Taylor and Alice Lane has been solid all season and easily snuffed out the danger. When Brighton did manage a shot on goal just before the end of the half, it was weak effort that keeper Pippa Jones dealt with easily.
Havant started the second half by looking to utilise the pace of Poppy Herbert and get behind the left side of the Brighton defence. Within four minutes she did just that winning yet another penalty corner from which Alice Worsley’s shot was cleared off the line. Finally after 43 minutes, Verena Grave settled the nerves of the home supporters with a drive into the circle and lifted backhand shot over the oncoming keeper. Havant was now in complete control of the game. Another run to the goal line by Poppy was pulled back to Rae who couldn’t lift the ball over the keeper. When skipper Izzy Parry was bundled over by a clumsy challenge, Havant got a second. This time the slip and slap shot routine from the penalty corner was neatly deflected by Verena. Three more chances came and went in quick succession as Havant looked to kill off the game.
To their credit Brighton battled and competed well. After a first penalty corned was run down easily, a second two minutes from the end was forced in, after keeper Pippa made a good first save. There were no more alarms though as the home team easily ran down the clock.
The win took Havant up to third place in the table, six points behind leaders Oxted, who have a 100% record after six matches. The two teams were scheduled to meet next Saturday, though now of course, we all have to hope that hockey can return before the end of the year.
Verena Grave 2
Player of the Match