Havering back with bang
PUBLISHED: 09:15 23 January 2015
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Leaders in five-star display
Havering returned to East Premier B action with a 5-1 win at Peterborough thirds, to maintain their hold on top spot.
After their East Indoor League success, a 14-man squad travelled without captain Michael Caruana Smith, Harry Andrews, Alastair Lewis and Glen Noller.
And they started well, breaking the deadlock midway through the first half when Alex Simpson deflected in a cross from the left.
Ollie Cipa swapped passes with Paul Dover at a short corner to double the advantage before the break, but Joe Cole had to be alert to deny the home side a reply after the restart.
Cipa made it 3-0 from the spot, before Peterborough did find the net, and man of the match Alex Defroand led Havering forward late on as Stuart Garnell’s brace completed the tally.
Havering return to action tomorrow week (January 31) at Waltham Forest, by which time Ipswich could have overtaken them at the summit.
The seconds got the better of Upminster fourths in their derby at Campion.
Mike Jolly fired home from a short corner to put Havering ahead, but the visitors levelled when a powerful strike from outside the D was deflected past Nik Males.
Havering clinched a 2-1 win, though, when Luke Joslin finished off a short corner routine to keep them top of the pile.
The third team’s clash with Saffron Walden fifths fell victim to the icy weather.
Havering Men’s 3’s match against Saffron Walden 5’s was a victim of the icy weather and will be rearrange for later in the season, but Havering’s women were 4-2 winners over Maldon in the Essex Premier Division.
Anna Webb slotted in their first goal from Emma Isherwood’s pass, after Catherine Semon’s short corner was saved, but several other chances went begging and aldon levelled before Isherwood had an effort ruled out.
Maldon broke out to take the lead in the second half, but Havering’s defence of Steph Prowse, Monica Dubb, Wendy Schofield and Sue Harwood held firm after that.
Dubb’s through ball found Chris Noller to thump home an equaliser and Havering dominated the last 15 minutes, with Amelia Acreman, Lauren Earle, Semon, Webb and Noller working hard in midfield.
Rhiannon Goulden almost got on the end of Isherwood’s cross and Noller went close too before Harwood found Isherwood to make it 3-2.
And Semon picked up Prowse’s pass to seal victory to keep Havering in pole position.
The seconds returned from the long break at Essex University, but conceded a goal in each half in a 2-0 defeat.
The thirds made it three wins in a row with a 3-0 success over Old Loughts fifths.
Rae Ahmed slipped the ball through the visiting keeper’s legs to break the deadlock and Havering’s defence held firm as Loughts looked to reply at short corners.
Nicki Cast set up player of the match Olivia Gane to slip home a second, via a post, and Steph Dawe completed the scoring late on.