Havering are just gr-eight

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 February 2015

Havering are riding high at the top of the East Premier B table (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Havering are riding high at the top of the East Premier B table (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Men return to top after romp

Havering returned to the top of the East Premier B table with an emphatic 8-0 victory away at Waltham Forest.

Their 11.30am start at Walthamstow Academy was the only fixture in the division to survive the cold weather and Havering raced out of the blocks to take a 3-0 lead within 10 minutes.

The visitors added a fourth before half time, with Gaz Ingram, Ollie Cipa, Harry Andrews and Glen Noller all finding their way onto the scoresheet in the opening period.

And Havering continued where they had left off in the second half, moving the ball round the pitch with speed, as another four goals followed with Andrews and Noller on target again as Alex Simpson and Paul Dover also found the net.

Victory saw Havering leapfrog Ipswich at the summit and they welcome Saffron Walden to Campion tomorrow (Saturday), before a trophy tie against Tulse Hill & Dulwich on Sunday. Both matches start at 1pm.

The seconds netted two late goals to snatch a point against East London fourths and effectively eliminate their rivals from the title race.

Havering struggled to find their crisp passing game, but still created chances only to fall behind when the visitors converted a rebound off Nik Males.

Alistair Lewis inspired an improved second-half display, but East doubled their lead on the counter-attack and looked set for the points.

Havering dug deep, though, and continued to dominate possession to win several short corners.

Chris Dunn halved the deficit from Alex Lee’s pass five minutes from time, before the favoured was returned to bring Havering level and seal a 2-2 draw.

Havering’s women hit Old Southendians for six to maintain their hold on top spot in the Essex Premier Division.

Several short corners went begging before Anna Webb found Rhiannon Goulden in space and she fired home from the top of the D.

Lauren Earle drove into the circle to set up Emliy Gilkes-Tarsey at the far post for a second and with Steph Prowse, Monica Dubb, Wendy Schofield and Sue Harwood holding firm in defence, keeper Sophie McCoy was rarely troubled.

Emma Isherwood fired just wide but turned provider when picking up Webb’s defence-splitting pass and teeing up Gilkes-Tarsey for her second.

Webb, Catherine Semon and Isherwood combined to tee up Goulden for the fourth after the break, but Amelia Acreman and Chris Noller were off-target after strong runs by Harwood.

Semon’s run and cross picked out Earle to sweep home number five and she completed the 6-0 win herself from Webb’s pass to give Havering a boost ahead of their home meeting with Phoenix.

Emma Knight’s incredible strike proved in vain as the fourths went down 6-1 against Wapping sixths at Lee Valley.

Manjit Dubb was named player of the match for Havering for her tireless display.

n Havering’s mixed team beat Wapping on penalties to go through in the cup.

Alex Simpson twice gave them the lead, but Wapping hit back on both occasions to force extra time and then a shoot-out.

Connor Poulain, Emma Isherwood, Ollie and Josh Cipa converted four of Havering’s five flicks, before it went to sudden death.

Ollie and Josh Cipa netted again, before Nik Males saved the second Wapping effort to send Havering through.

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