Only goal difference separates Fareham from Southampton at the top of the South Women’s League Division 3B after six rounds of matches.
Fareham’s three-point lead disappeared with a 3-0 defeat by Old Georgians at Weybridge, a result which coincided with Southampton hitting Tulse Hill & Dulwich for six.
Bernie Jones scored twice either side of a Tulse Hill equaliser as Southampton turned around 2-1 up – before flattening their South London visitors with a four-goal second half salvo.
Playing into the driving rain held no fears for Southampton, who took a while before Zoe Stride made it 3-1. Lauren Gunner got the fourth from a short corner, Lou Hopkins the fifth and Stride a sixth.
Southampton’s Sue Merry reflected: “It was a very solid second-half performance with everyone working hard, our defence holding strong, stepping through and making excellent interceptions and tackles, leaving the visitors with very little time on the ball and even less opportunities to score.
Steve Lemon was on Cloud 9 (something to do with Leicester City ?) when he drove the Fareham mini-bus to cosmopolitan Weybridge, but he wasn’t quite so chirpy coming back down the A3.
A 3-0 defeat shattered Fareham’s unbeaten start to the campaign – and cost Lemon the chance of being crowned the club’s Manager of the Month. The rumour mill suggests that instead of getting the Boxfresh goodies, he got (Cracker Jack style) a cabbage. [Steve Lemon is the only one of the FHC Ladies squad who is of sufficient vintage to remember Cracker Jack …]
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