Havering seconds hail cool hand Luke as ray of hope in a topsy-turvy 13-goal derby!
PUBLISHED: 08:44 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:44 07 December 2018
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An outstanding display from goalkeeper Luke Ray inspired Havering seconds to a wild 7-6 derby win over Romford in East League Four South East.
Havering were a constant threat going forward in the basement battle, with Adam Willett, Chris Dunn and Greg Mawdsley all bagging braces.
Andy Meehan was also on target for the visitors at Bower Park Academy, as attacks dominated defences.
But Ray produced a string of fine saves to help his side secure three vital points.
Ashley Meyer hit a hat-trick for Romford, with Jamie Norris, Aman Bassi and Stuart Boyling also on target.
Havering’s first team had to settle for a point from their East Premier B clash with Dereham at Campion.
The home side were always on top, but struggled to convert their chances with only a 20th-minute effort from Liam Keeling to show for their efforts.
A well-worked move from defence involved Jack Barlow and Adam Lumbers, who picked out Alex Lee to find Keeling in the D for an assured finish.
But Dereham hit back midway through the second half and, although it was one-way traffic for Havering in the closing stages, with Paul Dover, Lee and Keeling having chances to net a winner, it finished all square.
The news was not so good for Havering’s women, who crashed to a 6-0 defeat at East Two South East leaders Basildon.
Two goals down inside 10 minutes, Havering settled and saw Sue Harwood and Emily Martin cause problems.
Emma Isherwood had a short corner saved before the break, while Harwood swapped passes with Emily Gilkes-Tarsey in the second half and saw a shot hit a defender’s foot.
Isherwood and Tess Meehan also went close, before Basildon pulled clear to score four more times on the counter.
Late chances for Wendy Schofield, Isherwood and Harwood also went begging on a difficult day for Havering.
The seconds drew 1-1 with Wapping fifths, after Nicki Cast’s well-worked goal was cancelled out late in the first half.
But the thirds had only 10 players at Wapping sevenths and came up short in a 3-2 loss.
Alicia Murden put them ahead with a fierce shot and stand-in keeper Lucy Bree held firm until the final quarter when the hosts took a 3-1 lead.
Captain Rae Ahmad’s late goal was only a consolation.