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Havering women earn single point for all of their efforts from weekend double-header

PUBLISHED: 15:30 19 January 2018

A Havering player attacks (pic Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

A Havering player attacks (pic Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s women had to settle for just a point from their East League Two South East double-header last weekend.

They hosted Ashford on Saturday and began well, with Izy Purdie forcing an early save from the visiting keeper.

Katie Griggs also saw an early effort scrambled away and Purdie had an effort ruled out, having converted Emily Gilkes-Tarsey’s cross, when umpires judged the ball had hit her leg.

Sue Harwood, Charlotte Chamberlin, Griggs, Nic Earle and Emily Martin helped keep up the pressure but Ashford took the lead, hitting the ball into the D where it struck a defender’s foot and went into the goal.

Havering defenders Bukki Olodo, Steph Prowse, Wendy Schofield, Hollie Dawkins and Louise Burgess and keeper Sophie McCoy denied Ashford further goals before the break and it looked like Martin had levelled after a good run by Dawkins, but a corner was awarded, which they could not convert.

Ashford then intercepted a slip pass and stormed upfield to score a second and Havering’s Emma Isherwood was denied from Martin’s great pass soon after.

Harwood and Prowse combined to set Burgess free and she teed up Gilkes-Tarsey for her 10th goal of the season, but it was only a consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

Havering made the short trip to Brentwood on Sunday and had the better of the first half, with Prowse seeing an early corner saved and Martin having a shot deflected away.

Brentwood received three cards as they remained under pressure and Chamberlin put Harwood through to open the scoring.

But despite having chances to extend their lead, Havering saw the hosts hit back to level from a short corner as it ended 1-1.

Havering face another local derby this weekend as they visit Redbridge & Ilford.

The seconds earned a point from a 0-0 draw with Old Loughts thirds, after a determined 
display, but the understrength thirds fell to a 3-0 loss at table-topping Old Southendian, despite the efforts of keeper George Black.

Trailing by a single goal at the interval, Havering continued to shine in the second half with some great play from veteran Steph Dawe and youngster Sarah Kennedy.

But alack of Havering substitutes began to show as they tired and conceding two late goals in the closing minutes.

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