A last-minute equaliser by Rebecca Reavell [pictured] climaxed a strong finish which ensured Fareham drew 1-1 with Harrow and got their first South Women’s League Division 2 point on the board.
For long periods it looked as though Harrow, newly promoted as 2019/20 Division 3A winners, might nick the win points on the back of Tasha Webster’s 23rd minute goal.
But having weathered an early second half penalty corner storm, Fareham put in a strong finish and deserved their late equaliser.
Fareham, still bedding newcomers into their side, found Harrow’s direct and physical style of play difficult to encounter and fell behind when, shortly after rattling the crossbar, Webster took advantage of some hesitation in the home defence from a long corner and sent a reverse stick shot past Jill Tovey.
It had largely been a first half to forget for Fareham, who had lacked patience when in possession and sometimes over complicated matters.
Harrow lost an influential player with a broken finger, but still pressed forward, forcing a series of penalty corners which Tovey and her fellow defenders repelled.
Fareham gradually began to establish a foothold, but turned the ball over far too often.
In the final quarter Fareham enjoyed their best hockey of the game, with their passing improving and Harrow being attacked down both flanks.
It took Fareham until almost the final play before they equalised from a short corner - a swift injection was followed by a nicely weighted pass to Rebecca Reavell and a crisp strike from just inside the circle brought the scores level.
“With a little more time we probably could have grabbed a winner,” sighed coach Steve Lemon, who plans to increase Fareham’s fitness levels in the coming weeks.
“It was a frustrating game for long periods, but we can play better and must acknowledge this season is a learning experience at a higher level.”
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