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Hockey: Havering men down Bourne Deeping in drama

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 October 2018

Paul Dover hits out for Havering (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Paul Dover hits out for Havering (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s men netted two late goals to secure an exciting 4-3 win over Bourne Deeping in their latest East Premier B fixture at Campion School.

Beaten 2-1 by East London at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre on the first day of the new season, Havering were missing five regular members of their squad as they made their first appearance on home turf.

They began brightly, with the evergreen Paul Dover leading from the front, and got their reward when the veteran intercepted a weak defensive pass and picked out Sunny Singh, who rounded the visiting keeper to slot into the open net.

A second Havering goal soon followed when Dover pounced on another bad Bourne pass and fired the ball towards Liam Appleyard, who deflected it into the net at full stretch.

But Bourne scored a breakaway goal before the interval and, despite some rousing half-time words from coach Brad Moreland, the hosts conceded a second soon after the restart, after Lee Bennett had saved an initial attempt at goal.

It went from bad to worse for Havering as they fell 3-2 down when a short corner strike deflected off a home stick and through Bennett’s legs and they were still in arrears heading into the last 10 minutes of the match.

Alex Defroand took the game by the scruff of the neck, though, and Havering won a short corner, when a quick exchange of passes between Harry Andrews and Dover led to an equalising goal from Andrews.

Now with all of the momentum in their favour, Havering applied further pressure and went on to net a winner through Aaron Cornish to open their account for the campaign.

Havering head to Hitchin Boys’ School to take on Blueharts on Saturday (1.30pm).

Their win was the only highlight for the men’s section at the club, though, as the seonds went down 4-2 at Old Southendians in Division Four South East.

The thirds had to settle for a point against Old Loughts Loppers in Division Seven South East, while the fourths lost 2-1 at Southend thirds in Division Nine.

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