Havering captain looks for positives

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 March 2012

Havering captain Paul Johnson (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Havering captain Paul Johnson (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Johnson: We can rebuild after relegation

Havering captain Paul Johnson believes his side’s relegation from hockey’s East Premier A could be a blessing in disguise.

Goals from Chris Dunn and Paul Dover were not enough last weekend, as hosts Bishop’s Stortford snatched a last-minute winner.

The 3-2 defeat condemned Havering to the drop, but Johnson was looking for positives this week.

He said: “It’s certainly a chance for the club to rebuild.

“We may lose more players over the summer, but it’s a great opportunity to bring in more youngsters.

“Even if we have to go down again to find our level it can only be a positive step for the future.

“This season was perhaps inevitable when you consider the players we lost and the advancing age of some members of the squad.

“We managed an impressive seven seasons in Premier A, with some being right at the top, and for a club our size I believe that to be a huge achievement. I’m sure we will be back.”

Havering’s women are on the brink of relegation from East Division One South after their own season of struggles.

And Upminster’s men face a crucial double-header against Pelicans and Bedford this weekend as they look to avoid the drop in Division One.

Their women are still in with a chance of promotion from East Division One South, while Romford’s women can clinch the Essex Division Two title with victory over Colne at Robert Clack.

Romford’s men gave their Division Four survival hopes a big lift with victory over Old Southendians last weekend, but visit leaders East London tomorrow.

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