Basingstoke Town Ladies win North Hants Cup for third year running

Basingstoke Gazette: Basingstoke Town Ladies celebrate winning the North Hants Cup. Basingstoke Town Ladies celebrate winning the North Hants Cup.

BASINGSTOKE Town Ladies won the North Hants Women’s Cup for the third successive season, beating Fleet Town Ladies 2-1 after extra-time in the final at Longmeadow on Sunday.

Fleet play their football at a lower level than Basingstoke but they made a good start, Joanne Harfield forcing Erin Davis into two decent saves.

However, it was the holders who took the lead on 37 minutes, Tracy Jones side-footing home Carla Mitchell’s cross. They kept up the pressure after the break, with Sian Wylie twice testing the Fleet ’keeper and having a goal ruled out for a foul, while Mitchell headed just wide.

Fleet levelled against the run of play on 73 minutes, Harfield beating Davis one-on-one to force extra-time.

It took Basingstoke just four minutes of the extra period to find a winner, Mitchell cutting in from the left and firing home an angled drive to win the cup for her side.

Basingstoke return to league action on Sunday, hosting Gosport Borough.

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