Five-star Havering show best
Leaders to visit next
Havering played some of their best hockey of the season to ease to a 5-0 victory at Wapping.
But Paul Johnson’s men face their toughest test yet when 100 per cent leaders Peterborough visit Campion.
Buoyed by their hard-fought success over Crostyx, Havering called up Jack Barlow for his first appearance of the season, with Pete Ware, Paul Dover and Matt Smith all unavailable.
The visitors shuffled their line-up too and took the lead after 15 minutes when Murray Yeoman stole possession and picked out Joe Wright, who turned to fire home.
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Havering doubled their lead from a short corner when Gaz Ingram smashed home a shot, but Ingram and captain Paul Johnson were denied further goals by the Wapping keeper before half time.
Ryan Clarke was called upon to make two fine saves at the start of the second half to keep Wapping out, getting help from a post, before Havering went 3-0 up as Ingram and Lewis Smith combined at another short corner.
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Alastair Lewis crossed for Ingram to tap in at the far post for his second goal of the game soon after and man of the match Alex Defroand drove along the baseline to set up Wright, who smashed home the fifth.
Hat-trick hopefuls Ingram and Wright both saw late chances saved by the Wapping keeper, but Havering will host the leaders in good spirits.
The 2nd XI edged past Romford in their derby, but the 3rds crashed to a 9-2 defeat against Wapping 5ths.
Alex Mitchell converted an early short corner to give Havering the lead, but a mistake allowed the hosts to level.
Jack Matthews set up Jake Townsend to restore Havering’s lead before half time, but Wapping netted twice in quick succession to move 3-2 ahead in the second half.
And, despite the efforts of Geoff Johnson and Mick Hosier, Wapping added further goals at regular intervals to run out emphatic winners.
The 4th XI’s poor run continued with a 4-1 defeat against Old Southendians.
They were 3-0 down before Noel Thoufick replied from the penalty spot, but the visitors had the final say.
Amy Chrisp helped herself to another hat-trick as Havering’s women hit Harpenden for six.
New Zealander Chrisp was joined on the scoresheet by youngsters Megan Miller (2) and Pippa Wilson as Catherine Semon’s table-toppers maintained their unbeaten record and improved their goal difference to plus-42.
The 2nd XI took the lead against Essex Premier rivals Basildon when Beverley Horne pounced on a loose ball and fired home a speculative reverse stick shot.
And, after surviving a spell of Basildon pressure after the break, Havering doubled their lead when Sue Harwood slipped a pass to Emma Isherwood, who lifted the ball over the keeper.
Isherwood struck again soon after to seal a 3-0 win and cap Havering’s best team display to date, going into tomorrow’s trip to East London.
The 3rds took a point at Romford, but the 4th XI slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Oakway.
Courtenay Mee and birthday girl Nicola Earl kept the hosts at bay in a scoreless first half.
And Havering took the lead when Jess Townsend pushed out a short corner to Tracy Murphy, who fired home.
Oakway levelled from a break and took the lead soon after.
And, despite several chances at goal, Havering conceded a third late on.