Havant will play Wimborne Wayfarers in the Hampshire Hockey Cup final at the Army’s Aldershot campus on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1.
While Havant were beating Haslemere 4-0 and then edging a 1-0 semi-final victory over Trojans, Wimborne made a somewhat unexpected sortie into what will be their first ever final.
Arguably the best goal of Chris Ridley’s career gave WW a 1-0 half-time lead against Yateley, which Sam Butterfield and Piers Eversleigh improved, writes Mike Vimpany.
Their 1-0 win over South Premier Division 2 champions Winchester raised an eyebrow or two – Hugo Moon getting their second half winner.
Winchester crushed Bournemouth 6-1 in their earlier quarter-final.
Aldershot & Farnham, now coached by former Guildford chief Ian Jennings, will play Salisbury in the Trophy final.
Aldershot beat City of Portsmouth on penalty strokes – the teams drew 2-2 in normal time – while Salisbury edged out Southampton 3-2.
Fareham seconds whipped Hamble 6-1 to set up an Open League Cup final showdown with Haslemere II, who lost to Winchester in last year’s thriller.
Greg Cox and Pete Gwynn gave Fareham a two-goal lead before Hamble pulled a goal back.
Luke Gould’s third just before half-time stifled any prospect of a comeback by Hamble, who leaked further goals by teenage duo Aidem Page and Fergus Jackson, before Cox converted a penalty corner sixth.
Fareham women didn’t match that of the men’s seconds and were dumped out of the Ladies semi-finals, 7-0 at Basingstoke.
Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Winchester went to strokes after Lou Hopkins’ equaliser ten minutes from time cancelled out the first half lead Laura Pitfield had given the visitors.
Mags Ingram converted the all important penalty stroke to give Southampton a 7-6 win.
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