Five-star Havering women shine
PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 March 2017
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Gore Court 0 Havering 5
Havering’s women claimed an impressive win at East Two South East rivals Gore Court to maintain their hold on third place in the table.
The visitors began well and took the lead when Emily Martin made a good run and found Lauren Earle, who drove into the D and fired home.
Martin also had a hand in the second goal, with another strong attack and pass to Emma Isherwood at the back line, who teed up the unmarked Alex Semon for a deflection.
Steph Prowse, Louise Burgess, Charlotte Chamberlin and Sam Cash denied the hosts a reply, as Sophie McCoy produced some good saves in goal.
And Havering saw some short corner chances go begging before the interval, as it remained 2-0.
Sue Harwood, Martin, Earle and Bethan Isherwood controlled midfield areas after the restart, with the frustrated home side losing a player to a yellow card.
Havering’s short corner routines began to work, with Emma Isherwood slipping to Harwood for a shot that was saved but fell kindly to Emily Gilkes-Tarsey to score.
Semon, Martin, Gilkes-Tarsey and Katie Griggs kept the pressure on and Havering went 4-0 up when Isherwood slipped to Earle, whose angled shot was superbly deflected in by Harwood.
Earle was denied a goal when her shot lifted up off a defender’s stick and found the net after a short corner had been awarded by the umpire.
But Havering made the set-piece count as Emma Isherwood fired home a shot to complete the five-star display, before Earle saw another strike deflected just wide.
The seconds were also celebrating after a 1-0 win at table-topping Waltham Forest.
Izzy Purdie and Saffron Harvey returned to the side and had early chances, while Laura Griffin, Sarah James-Gray and Chris Noller kept the Forest attackers quiet in front of keeper Kim Clarke.
Kirsty Watley broke the deadlock from a short corner, after good support play from Nicki Cast and Maria Griffin, and Clarke preserved her clean sheet after the restart to help Havering complete a league double over their rivals.