It may only be the first Saturday in October but the Ladies' 1s twenty goals scored in the first two away games have already exceeded last season's entire away goals total following another impressive victory today. On our last visit Haslemere put the game out of our reach with 3 goals in the first half hour and they started today looking for a repeat. This time however Fareham weathered the storm and found the best way to deal with the early pressure - keep scoring goals.
Vicky Field beat the keeper from the edge of the area following good approach play by Hannah Simon and Heather Batten to start the scoring in the 5th minute. Nine minutes later a cross from the right was finished off by Heather with a first time shot. Four minutes elapsed before Vicky scored again after an opening was created by Laura Pendleton from a penalty corner.
In the 23rd minute another penalty corner goal was scored as Heather applied the finishing touch to a shot from Georgia Collins and her hat-trick followed five minutes later following more good work by Hannah Simon.
That completed the scoring in the first half but it only took five minutes before Fareham scored again when Heather pounced on a rebound from a penalty corner. In the 48th minute Heather scored her fifth goal (matching her total in the previous away game) when she had the final touch following a shot from Kiera Denham.
Haslemere never gave up and it is to their credit that they delayed the next goal until the 62nd minute. The wait was worth it though as a lovely sweeping move ended in an exchange of passes between Heather, Vicky and Hannah Oldham before Hannah finished to score the goal of the game and reward her for her hard work. The 9th and final goal followed four minutes later and enabled Rachael Millington-Clark to also get on the score sheet. Having already come close a couple of times she completed the scoring with a fierce strike after creating room for the shot.
It was another excellent team performance played at great pace and the intensity and work rate was exactly what was required. Everyone deserves huge credit for their efforts and there were many candidates for 'man of the match' which was deservedly won by Emily Denham for her composure on the ball in defence and her tireless attacking support play.
Fareham are on their travels again next week when we defend our 100% record against Horsham 2s at Broadbridge Heath.