Havering held by high-flying Spalding
PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 March 2017
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Havering’s men had to settle for a point against high-flying Spalding in their battle for East Premier B survival.
But they were left to wonder what might have been as other results went against them, with time running out to avoid relegation.
Havering had earned a shock win at Spalding earlier in the season and both sides had good spells of possession in the early part of the return.
But the home side broke through first when a new short corner routine saw Josh Cipa deflect the ball home.
Spalding hit back from a corner of their own, but Havering regained the lead before half time as Cipa found space at another set-piece to claim his second goal of the game.
The second half was very similar to the first, with both sides having possession but creating few clear chances.
The visitors squared matters from a corner midway through, setting up an exciting finale, but neither side could find a winner.
Havering visit Waltham Forest this weekend, before hosting Ipswich ES and Old Southendian in their last two fixtures.
A depleted second team beat promotion-chasing Wapping sevenths 5-3 after an outstanding display.
Mike Jolly fired in from a short corner, but Wapping hit back with a brace of corners which proved too strong for James Farrell.
Roger Hiett converted a penalty stroke early in the second half to level, with Adam Willett’s neat deflection putting Havering 3-2 up.
And Wapping replaced their keeper with an outfield player in the last five minutes, which led to easy finishes for Willett and Mike Hinton and meant a late short corner was little consolation.
An understrength third team started with just eight players at Saffron Walden fourths and held firm until two more arrived.
The hosts took the lead with a reverse-stick shot, which gave Graham Walker no chance, and doubled their lead before half time.
Tireless running from Mike Gilbert, Amar Mangat and Luke Clarke kept Havering in the hunt and they halved the deficit as Clarke pounced in the D.
But it proved in vain as Walden held on for the points in an exciting climax.