Hockey: Havering draw positives in stalemate

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 October 2017

Havering's men go into a pre-match huddle (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Havering's men go into a pre-match huddle (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s men earned their first point of the East Premier B season with a 0-0 draw at Cambridge University seconds.

The visitors had to be well organised against a side they had lost 4-0 to last season, with Harry Jenkins and Jack Barlow controlling possession from defence.

Paul Johnson and Stuart Garnell had shots saved inside 10 minutes, but as the half progressed, the students imposed their fast play and movement on the match.

Havering were pushed deep into their own half but compact defending restricted Cambridge to a series of short corners, which were saved by Lee Bennett, who kept out a reverse-stick shot on the stroke of half-time.

Tireless running and intelligent movement from forwards Alex Lee and Liam Appleyard stretched the home defence after the restart and Lee was unlucky to deflect Alastair Lewis’ cross wide.

Lee went even closer minutes late when deflecting Paul Dover’s shot onto the post, while Alex Defroand was named man of the match on his return to the team after two years studying in the United States.

Havering host Wapping seconds this weekend.

The seconds could not avoid a 4-1 defeat at Clacton despite an improved display.

The hosts scored early on when defender James Hosier deflected into his own goal, but man of the match Adam Willett saw a scuffed shot deflected in at the other end.

Clacton regained the lead before half time and poor finishing by Havering and vulnerability on the counter attack proved costly in the second half.

Billy Wilson’s attempted clearance beat keeper Luke Ray, whose misdirected clearance was finished off to make the points safe.

There was better news for the thirds, who ran out 6-0 winners at Thurrock seconds.

Liam Keeling converted a short corner after early pressure and replacement Ricky Sales made it 2-0 with his first touch.

Liam Keeling and Noel Thoufick added further goals, as stalwarts Mike Gilbert, Mike Hosier and Richard Cast impressed, and young Luke Clarke swept in a fifth on the reverse, before Thoufick slapped in number six.

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