The South Women’s League Division 3B championship race is set to go to the wire after Fareham wasted a great opportunity to secure a vital win against title rivals Old Georgians at Henry Cort.
The top of the table showdown ended 1-1, leaving Fareham one point ahead of their Weybridge rivals with six matches left to play.
But Fareham, who enjoy a superior goal difference going into the run-in, ought to have won it.
Trailing at the half-time break, they squandered an early second half penalty stroke and then failed to convert any of the staggering number of 15 short corners they forced as OGs were pinned back in their own D for long periods.
The stalemate means that Fareham, with a far tougher run-in, will probably have to win all six matches if they are to lift the title.
OGs are the only side to have beaten Fareham this season (3-0 in the autumn) and it looked as though they might repeat the dose when Nicky Campling [pictured by Tristan Page] put them ahead in the 15th minute, ironically from a penalty corner.
Fareham battered long and hard at the visitors’ door in the second half, top scorer Heather Batten wasting a penalty stroke which Georgians’ keeper Jess Ross saved comfortably.
Fareham did eventually equalize midway through the second half through Georgia Collins, but so many short corners opportunities were squandered as the girls continually tried to pass the ball into the OGs goal instead of getting shots on target.
Upcoming matches against Southampton and Winchester, fourth and fifth in the log, are clearly going to be vital for Fareham. OGs face four of the lower placed sides this month.
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