Harwood’s hat-trick helps as Havering hit back to ensure honours even with Basildon

PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:00 03 February 2018

Havering's Sue Harwood is left on her knees (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Havering's Sue Harwood is left on her knees (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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A second-half hat-trick from Sue Harwood helped Havering’s women to a deserved 3-3 draw with East Two South East rivals Basildon at the weekend.

Havering struggled to find their form in the first half and conceded twice, with both goals coming from quick breaks.

Emma Isherwood had the best chance of a reply, but saw three consecutive shots saved from a short corner.

Following a slight reshuffle during the half-time break, they got some reward from a set-piece as Isherwood slipped the ball to Charlotte Chamberlin, who crossed for Harwood to provide a calm finish for her first.

Havering continued to apply pressure and Harwood was unlucky not to grab an equaliser when her deflection from Chamberlin’s penalty corner strike went up and over the crossbar.

Emily Gilkes-Tarsey almost set Izy Purdie up but her well driven cross was millimetres away from her team-mate’s stick, while the defence of Bukki Olodo, Wendy Schofield, Hollie Dawkins, Sam Cash and Emily Martin – in an unusual role – held off the speedy Basildon forwards and keeper Sophie McCoy made some good clearances in goal.

Chamberlin hold the midfield together well and a change to the formation allowed Dawkins and Harwood more space to attack down the wings.

This put Basildon under more pressure, with Katie Griggs and Gilkes-Tarsey creating getting the ball into the circle more quickly.

However, Basildon went 3-1 up from a corner before Havering grabbed their second goal in similar fashion five minutes form time, as Chamberlin again passed to Harwood to slip the ball in.

Havering quickly won the ball back and good work from Griggs led to another penalty corner and an almost carbon copy goal as Chamberlin again passed to Harwood, who completed her treble with another composed finish.

The seconds also drew 3-3, with their Waltham Forest rivals at Campion.

They took an early lead through Nicki Cast, but Forest fought back immediately to level and then went 2-1 up on 10 minutes.

Alex Semon restored parity just before half time and both teams battled hard after the break, with Forest regaining the lead.

But after missing a flick, Havering saw Semon net again to ensure honours finished even.

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