Havering hit rivals for six
11:00 21 February 2014
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Essex Premier: Havering 6 Crostyx II 0
Havering’s women hit Crostyx seconds for six to keep their Essex Premier Division title hopes alive at Campion.
They had won their earlier meeting 5-0 and dominated the return from the very start, taking an ealry lead when Sue Harwood tapped in at the far post after Catherine Semon and Emma Isherwood combined at a short corner.
A second arrived soon after as Lauren Earle’s run and cross set up Vicky Lynch to sweep home.
But despite good work from Nic Earl, Emily Gilkes-Tarsey and Amelia Acreman, Havering could not add to their lead until late in the first half.
Isherwood fired wide from Earle’s cross, while Semon saw several corners go astray before Hollie Dawkins made a great run from left back to cross for Acreman to claim her first goal for the team.
It was a similar story in the second half, as Leah Carter, Steph Prowse, Wendy Schofield, Harwood and Dawkins denied Crostyx any reply.
Gilkes-Tarsey and Isherwood combined to set up Semon for the fourth goal, before Isherwood converted from the penalty spot after Harwood’s shot hit a Crostyx foot.
Semon claimed her second and Havering’s sixth from a corner, as Tamara Bailey preserved her clean sheet for the second week in a row.
After a weekend off Havering return to action with a trip to Wapping tomorrow week (March 1).
The seconds saw their four-match winning streak come to an end with derby defeat at Brentwood.
Havering had lost their earlier meeting but went into the return with confidence, with Laura Chambers, Laura Griffin and Monica Dubb working well in midfield.
Chambers went close from a well-worked short corner as the scoreline remained blank at the break.
And Josie Evans and Zoe Hall combined to set up Nicki Cast after the restart, only for the Brentwood keeper to clear the danger.
The hosts broke the deadlock on the break, beating Gemma Shepherd to her right, and sealed a 2-0 win from the penalty spot.
Karen Hawkes and Lauren Cash tried to launch a late Havering rally, but it proved in vain.
The thirds earned a point from a 0-0 draw with Colne, as Sophie McCoy shone in goal.
Helen Joslin also impressed, while Saffron Harvey went close to a winner in the second half.
The fourths lost 1-0 to Waltham Forest, despite a player of the match display from Jody Briton.
Havering’s men fell to a 4-0 defeat at East Division One leaders Saffron Walden and trail second-placed Old Southendian by four points with four games left.
Stuart Garnell could not take an early chance, but man of the match Joe Cole denied the hosts with a superb double save before he was finally beaten.
A shot deflected off the stick of Adam Lumbers to make it 2-0 before the break, but Cole produced a stunning save after the restart.
A short corner strike beat the wrongfooted Cole for the third and he was beaten by a reverse stick finish after Havering conceded possession.
Gaz Ingram went close to a consolation for the visitors, but they ended up well beaten before hearing Southendians had been held by Ipswich East Suffolk.
The fourths had only 10 players for their trip to Saffron Walden sixths but Joe Cole performed heroics in goal to keep the score down to 4-1, with Haydn Joslin netting Havering’s consolation.