Hockey: Havering empty-handed at Blueharts

PUBLISHED: 14:30 12 October 2018

Havering players work a short corner (pic Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

Havering players work a short corner (pic Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s men returned empty-handed from their trip to East Premier B rivals Blueharts.

The hosts were looking for their first win of the season, with Havering hoping to build on their win a week earlier.

And heavy rain in Hertfordshire did not stop the two teams producing some good hockey, with Havering the first to go close as Alex Defroand was brought down in the D to win a penalty flick.

Verinder Channa stepped up to convert, but Blueharts hit back and started to pile on pressure of their own.

Havering held strong in defence but an unfortunate goalkeeping mistake allowed the home team to level before the break.

And the second half saw much of the same in terms of weather and hockey with Havering having the first chance to retake the lead with only nine men on the pitch.

It missed by inches and, while overcommitting to score, they saw Blueharts capitalise and take the lead when an overload in the D was put away by their striker.

The game became stretched as Havering sought an equaliser and Blueharts went on to score again and seal a 3-1 victory.

Havering are set to host Wapping seconds, who have won their first three matches of the season, at Campion School this weeknd.

The seconds were on the wrong end of a 9-0 scoreline against title favourites Plashet, after holding out for the first 10 minutes, and only a string of fine saves from keeper Luke Ray kept the hosts out of double figures.

The thirds continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 16-0 romp over Waltham Forest fourths.

They applied pressure from the start and were 8-0 up by the break, doubling their tally in clinical fashion during the second half.

Luke Clarke and Steve Ashlin led the way with five goals apiece, demonstrating their quality time and again.

Jack Matthews and Bill Birbeck grabbed braces, with strong energetic displays from both, and there was also a goal apiece for Adam Willet and Kennedy who scored with a fine back post deflection.

The fourth team’s derby with Upminster fifths was conceded due to player unavailability.

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