Key win for Havering men
10:42 17 February 2017
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Felixstowe 1 Havering 3
Havering’s men claimed a valuable three points in East Premier B after victory against fellow strugglers Felixstowe.
Both sides began the match sitting just one point above the relegation places, as Havering welcomed Connor Poulain, Harry Andrews and Paul Dover back in the absence of captain Harry Jenkins.
The hosts saw an early deflected effort fly just over, while Lee Bennett produced a good save at the first short corner of the match.
But Havering then started to discover their rhythm, only to find old boy Marc Lloyd in commanding form in the home goal.
Poulain rounded Lloyd only to hit the crossbar, before Andrews found space from Stuart Garnell’s pass and crossed for Alex Lee to convert at the far post.
Felixstowe began the second half well and levelled from a short corner, but Havering responded immediately as they worked the ball into the D for Chris Dunn to score at the second time of asking, finding the far corner after Lloyd had saved his original attempt.
The visitors had to wait until the last 10 minutes to make sure of the points, though, as Callum Hill’s reverse stick shot found the bottom corner for the third and final goal.
Lloyd denied them a wider margin of victory, but Havering, for whom Lewis Smith took the man of the match award for a solid defensive effort against his old club, have lots of positives to take into their clash with leaders Peterborough at Campion on Saturday.
The seconds came away empty-handed from their Division Four trip to Saffron Walden thirds after a 3-2 defeat.
The hosts took an early lead from a short corner, which Ryan Clarke just failed to keep out and injured his back in the process.
Havering replied in the second half when Billy Wilson produced a clinical finish from Greg Mawdsley’s pass, but table-topping Saffron scored twice more to lead 3-1.
Man of the match Mawdsley finished off a clever short corner routine for Havering’s second but it was too little, too late.
The thirds hit Rochford for six in their Division Six encounter at Campion to move away from the bottom three.
Joni Ishikawa finished off a slick short corner routine to open the scoring, with Mike Gilbert restoring Havering’s lead after the visitors had levelled on a counter-attack.
Ishikawa’s second made it 3-1, before Graham Walker was beaten at his near post, and Roger Hiett converted a short corner to make it 4-2.
John Binks slotted home at the end of a superb team move for Havering’s fifth, before Rochford replied from a short corner, and Ishikawa’s superb solo effort completed his hat-trick and a 6-3 victory.