Lauren Carter celebrated her engagement with a second half goal for Southampton Ladies – but it only proved a consolation as visiting Teddington seconds snatched the South Women’s League Division 3B points with a 2-1 win.
Despite a positive start, Southampton found themselves chasing the game as, against the general run of play, Teddington broke with Laura Marks securing a 1-0 half-time lead.
Once ahead, the visitors applied pressure with an overload of players in key areas, but Southampton created opportunities of their own, but were unable to level the scores before the break.
Southampton were back in the game once Lauren Carter equalised from a short corner.
But Teddington, chasing a third win in four recent matches, maintained the pressure with Lucy Elvidge scoring their second and winning goal.
Southampton forced a last gasp penalty corner, but Teddington cleared the danger to secure fourth place in the table.
Fareham remain level alongside Southampton on the 27-point mark after a 4-1 home defeat by Guildford, who are joint top alongside Wanderers.
The margin of victory flattered Guildford, who scored twice in the closing minutes after Fareham had pushed strongly for an equaliser.
Guildford doubled their early lead from a disputed penalty stroke, but were pinned back by a Vicky Field goal which climaxed a fine Fareham comeback.
Fareham pushed hard for an equaliser, but were caught on the break twice late on.
Coach Steve Lemon reflected: “I was pleased with our performance. The two late goals rather flattered Guildford, but we made them work very hard for their win points.”
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