Havering women in five-star display to break league duck and climb out of basement

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 November 2017

Havering seconds celebrate a goal against East London fourths (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Havering seconds celebrate a goal against East London fourths (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s women recorded their first win of the East Two South East season following an eight-goal thriller with Southend & Benfleet at Campion.

Havering's Sue Harwood hits out watched by team-mate Emma Isherwood (pic Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)Havering's Sue Harwood hits out watched by team-mate Emma Isherwood (pic Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

They started well and took the lead when Katie Griggs played a long corner to Emma Isherwood, who dribbled into the D and teed up Izzy Purdie, whose blocked shot fell for Sue Harwood to score.

The visitors levelled from a short corner soon after, but Havering kept up the pressure and good play between Hollie Dawkins and Griggs set up Emily Martin, whose shot was deflected in by a defender.

Harwood, Griggs, Nic Earl and Martin worked hard in midfield and the defence of Bukki Olodo, Dawkins, Sam Cash and Alison Floyd quickly closieddown potential attacks.

Griggs and Emily Gilkes-Tarsey put Purdie through and when her shot was saved Isherwood was on hand to force the ball over the line to make it 3-1.

Purdie deflected in a short corner from Gilkes-Tarsey for the fourth, but Southend & Benfleet replied from the penalty spot in the second half.

Havering went 5-2 up through Harwood, after good from from Martin and Purdie, but they conceded from a short corner and were then put under pressure for the last 10 minutes.

Southend had the chance to cut the gap to one when they were awarded a second penalty flick, but Sophie McCoy guessed right and made a fantastic save as Havering held on for a 5-3 win to climb off the bottom of the table.

The seconds produced a superb display to beat East London fourths 4-3 and increase the gap on their third-placed opponents in Essex League Division One.

Nicki Cast seized on a loose ball to scramble their opener, but East hit back with a brace before Gemma Mckenzie Cardy deflected in Alex Semon’s shot to level.

Mckenzie Cardy scored a much deserved second goal to put Havering ahead 3-2, only for East to square matters, before Alex Semon showed great skill to claim the winner.

Another new-look third team battled hard against East London fifths in Division Two, after falling behind early on.

Havering were unlucky not to equalise late in the first half, but had to withstand plenty of pressure after the restart.

They stood firm thanks to a great performance from goalkeeper Gemma Shepherd, but could not avoid a 1-0 loss.

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