Havering have double reason to cheer
11:00 02 December 2016
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Men and women celebrate East League wins
Havering had good reason to cheer after wins for both their men and women’s first teams last weekend.
Emma Isherwood put the women ahead against Redbridge, after they had hit the post in the opening stages at Campion, and they remained on top thanks to excellent runs from Louise Burgess, Charlotte Chamberlin and Blaise Copeland.
Vicky Morrison and Sue Harwood went close to scoring, but Redbridge levelled and then took the lead as the home side wobbled.
Havering refocused and Morrison dribbled into the D to find Emily Martin, who fired home from a tight angle to square matters once more.
The hosts dominated from the start of the second half, but short corners went begging, as Catherine Semon and Isherwood were denied by the Redbridge keeper.
The pressure eventually paid off, though, as Chamberlin’s quick free hit found Harwood, who teed up Anna Webb to score what proved to be the winner as Sophie McCoy held firm in Havering’s goal, behind Steph Prowse, Wendy Schofield and Bethan Isherwood.
Katie Griggs, Martin and Webb had late chances to add to Havering’s tally but they had done enough to claim the points.
The men, meanwhile, continued their upward curve with a 2-0 East Premier B win at Old Southendian.
The visitors stayed patient in the first half and took the lead when a well-worked move on the left saw them enter the D and, when an initial shot was saved, Connor Poulain pounced to score.
The hosts lokoed to hit back and created a good chance late in the first, but Lee Bennett produced a superb double save to preserve Havering’s advantage.
Southendian proved harder to break down in the second half, but Havering found a way through after being reduced to nine men.
An attack on the right saw them enter the D and a composed pass found Harry Andrews for a simple tap-in.
Frustrations grew for the home side, who saw one of their player sent off for a professional foul late on, and Havering will hope to maintain momentum against Wisbech tomorrow (Saturday).
n Roger Hiett scored twice as Havering seconds came from behind for a vital 2-1 win against their Old Southendian rivals.
The hosts capitalised on a defensive mistake to open the scoring, but Havering showed character and levelled when Hiett’s short corner strike proved too hot to handle.
Havering improved after the restart, with James Diggens twice going close before Hiett converted another short corner to open up a 10-point gap over their rivals towards the bottom of the table.
The thirds began well against Chelmsford fourths, with good running from Ben Davis, Zak Nerurkar, Andy Meehan and Liam Keeling, only to fall behind.
Davis cut out a poor clearance to set up Keeling for an equaliser, but the scorer picked up an injury in the second half and Havering lost their cutting edge.
Chelmsford forced several short corners and, despite a superb double save from Graham Walker, netted a late winner.
The fourths took a point from their derby with Brentwood Academy, which ended in a goalless draw.
n Chris Noller’s brace earned Havering women’s seconds a 2-1 win over their Brentwood rivals.
Sue Bartlett, Sarah James-Gray and Sam Cash held firm early on, as Kim Clark produced some great saves to deny the hosts.
And Noller capitalised on good teamwork from the midfield and forwards to score twice in the space of 10 minutes.
Emily Gilkes-Tarsey and Saffron Harvey went close in the second half, before Brentwood halved the gap, but Clark produced more good saves to secure the points.
Honours finished even in the third-team derby between the clubs, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but Havering’s fourths lost 3-0 at Braintree seconds.
Player of the match Martine Purton went close for the visitors, who enjoyed the majority of possession but could not turn it into goals, while Sarah Kennedy also impressed as a stand-in keeper.