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Havering see hopes turned to dust by high-flying East League rivals Burnt Ash

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 November 2018

Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018

Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018

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Havering’s women were left empty handed after a 5-3 home defeat against high-flying Burnt Ash in East League Two South East at Campion.

Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018

With more changes to their side due to availability issues, the home side took a while to find their rhythm.

Keeper Sophie McCoy was called into action early on, as defenders Karen Smith, Wendy Schofield, Alison Floyd and Sam Cash were put under pressure.

And Burnt Ash eventually made the breakthrough to open the scoring, then added a second goal soon after.

Havering began to settle and Sue Harwood and Emily Martin started to cause problems with their runs, as Tess Meehan and Katie Griggs got hold of things in midfield.

Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018

And the hosts halved the deficit when Emma Isherwood hit into the D and – after Harwood and Griggs had been denied by good saves from the visiting keeper – followed up to fire home.

Emily Gilkes-Tarsey, Martin, Meehan and Griggs kept the pressure up and Havering were rewarded again from a penalty corner as Isherwood thumped hone to bring her side level.

However, just on half time the home side lost their concentration and allowed Burnt Ash to drive into the D where a forward slipped the ball past the advancing McCoy to put them 3-2 up at the break.

Unpeturbed, Havering began the second half strongly, with Catherine Semon battling well in midfield and going close from a corner, as did Isherwood.

Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018

But Burnt Ash netted a fourth from a quick break, then moved 5-2 ahead in similar fashion to leave Havering with a mountain to climb.

Havering kept battling and a driving run from Harwood led to Griggs tapping in a third goal, but Isherwood had a penalty corner effort disallowed for crossing the line too high and, despite having much of the ball in the last five minutes, they could not make any further inroads.

Bromley & Beckenham are the visitors to Campion on Saturday.

The thirds had only 10 players against Southend seconds but put up a fight in a 2-1 defeat.

Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018Havering HC Ladies vs Burnt Ash HC, East Region League Field Hockey at Campion School on 17th November 2018

After falling behind early on, they hit back from a short corner as Rae Ahmad finished skilfully.

And it looked set to end all square, until Southend struck a winner with one minute remaining.

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