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Friday, December 13, 2013
East Division 1: Havering 4 Bourne Deeping 1
Havering took over at the top of East Division One with a 4-1 win over Bourne Deeping at Campion.
The fixture was brought forward a week, due to Havering’s involvement in the East Indoor Super League this weekend, and the move paid off handsomely.
Havering were boosted by the return of influential midfielder and Masters World Cup winner Paul Dover and handed a first-team debut to Josh Cipa following his transfer from local rivals Upminster to join twin brother Ollie.
Stuart Garnell, Chris Dunn, Mike Hinton and Mike Gilbert were all unavailable but it did not take long for Dover to mark his return when a long through ball found Gaz Ingram at the top of the D and he beat the last defender and hit a sweet shot across the goalkeeper to find the bottom corner.
Ingram saw a drag flick from the first corner of the match well saved soon after, but Joe Cole made a fine save of his own at the other end to deny a visiting corner and Paul Johnson blocked the second effort.
Harry Andrews fired across goal and Ingram saw two reverse-stick efforts saved as the scoreline remained unchanged at the break.
But a shaky start to the second half by the hosts allowed Bourne to level within minutes of the restart, with a deflection over Cole.
Havering regained the lead from their next attack, though, as Connor Poulain found Andrews at the baseline and he picked out Ollie Cipa at the top of the D for a superb first-time shot into the far corner.
Adam Lumbers, Johnson, Josh Cipa and Alex Jupp held firm in defence after that, as Havering struggled to create any clear scoring chances.
And the home side went 3-1 up late on when centre-back Johnson deflected home a pass from Lumbers at a corner.
Havering added some late gloss to the scoreline when defender of the match Ingram won the ball on the left and squared to man of the match Johnson, who drove towards the D and swapped passes with Dover before faking to shoot on his reverse stick and rolling the ball home on the open side.
And a fourth succcessive victory allowed Havering to leapfrog Old Southendians into first place, albeit having played one game more.