Derby delight for Havering
PUBLISHED: 11:30 14 March 2014
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Essex Premier: Havering 3 Romford 0
Havering’s women got the better of Romford in their Essex Premier Division derby at Campion.
But they know they will have to do better when they visit leaders Redbridge tomorrow (Saturday).
The hosts took the lead on 15 minutes when Catherine Semon’s ball into the D clipped Laura Woolford’s pads and went in for an own goal.
But relegation-threatened Romford rallied and forced a string of short corners in the second half.
Nicola Earl’s driving run and pass set up Semon for Havering’s second, though, and Lauren Cash sealed a 3-0 win from Sue Harwood’s pass, after Semon and Vicky Lynch had shots saved at a corner.
The seconds had a bare 11 players available for their trip to Witham and came under pressure from the start.
But with key players Cash and Kirsty Watley unavailable, Havering saw Zoe Hall, Monica Dubb and Laura Griffin combine well.
And the visitors had a goal disallowed when Dubb found Nicki Cast on the right and her early cross was touched in by Karen Hawes, which the umpires did not see.
Witham forced Gemma Shepherd to make two saves before a third shot found the net to open the scoring.
And Havering had few chances to hit back, although Hawkes and Steph Wigham worked hard in defence.
The home side sealed a 2-0 win 10 minutes from time when a short corner was deflected past Shepherd, but Havering will hope for better against derby rivals Upminster this weekend.
The thirds put up a brave fight against table-topping East London seconds in an 8-0 loss.
Saffron Harvey produced some lovely runs, while Helen Joslin made several interceptions.
And Rhiannon Goulden also impressed on a difficult day against a strong opponent.
The fourths also conceded eight against their Brentwood counterparts, but player of the match Sarah Gray netted a consolation in reply at least.
Havering’s men were 7-2 winners at relegated Ely City but remain four points behind second-placed Old Southendian with two games left.
The fourths went down to a single goal against Brentwood Academy, as 14-year-old Haydn Joslin impressed despite taking two hard knocks.
n Romford’s men slumped to an 8-1 home defeat against Maldon in East Division Four.
Stuart Boyling netted the home side’s consolation, while the seconds lost 3-0 to Havering thirds in their derby.
David Banting netted as the thirds lost 5-1 to Upminster sixths in another local clash.
The women’s second string took an early lead against Phoenix thirds as Abi Overton struck.
And they continued to impress before conceding an equaliser on the counter-attack.
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