Sian Edwards scored twice as Fareham Ladies maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Women’s South League Division 3B table.
After a goalless first half against a Tulse Hill & Dulwich team who Fareham had swamped 11-0 in the first game of the season, they ran out 4-0 winners - coach Steve Lemon's 'no holds blast' half-time team talk being crucial.
The first goal came three minutes after the interval when top scorer Heather Batten intercepted a pass in the visitors' 'D' and squared the ball for Georgia Collins to score.
Heidi Podd reacted quickly to make it 2-0 after the umpire had played advantage after a penalty corner shot hit the foot of a visiting player.
Lydia Jackson was involved in several dangerous runs and, from one of them, Edwards fired in the rebound after a Jackson shot had been saved.
Edwards, no mean performer (for Hursley Park ladies) with cricket bat in hand, scored again two minutes from time after link-up work from Batten and Hannah Oldham.
Lou Hopkins scored both goals as fourth-placed Southampton trimmed Aldershot & Farnham 2-0, taking her total for the season to seven.
Reflecting on the game, Southampton's Sue Merry said: “There was a dramatic difference in the speed of play compared to last week’s game against Old Georgians which tends to affect the way in which we perform.
“At times we allowed Aldershot and Farnham too much time on the ball which led them into a false sense of security and gave them more credit than what they deserved.
However, in true Southampton style we persisted and our efforts paid off. After bit of a scramble in front of the goal mouth, Lou managed to put the ball over the line opening the scoring.”
Goalkeeper Linda Dunham and her defence remained calm and collected whilst preventing Aldershot and Farnham from converting any attempts they had at equalising.
The Southampton midfield and forward line worked tirelessly up and down the pitch, linking up with the defence and producing some decent runs of play which Aldershot and Farnham struggled to counteract.
Southampton’s endeavours paid off when a crisp move left Hopkins with a one-on-one with the Aldershot goalkeeper to clinch the points.
Merry added: “Mentally, the first half of the season has been tough. The quality of training we have been receiving and the hard work we have been putting in hasn’t quite been reflected in some of our results. But we are fourth in the table.”
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