Havering keep title hopes alive
PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 February 2015
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Leaders bow out of Trophy though
Havering maintained their East Premier B title hopes with a 4-0 win over Saffron Walden.
But they bowed out of the England Hockey Trophy the following day after a 4-1 home loss to Tulse Hill & Dulwich.
Gaz Ingram broke the deadlock against Saffron Walden midway through the first half, with a hard and low flick.
Alex Simpson fired two reverse stick chances wide before the break, but he made it 2-0 in the second half after keeping control despite being fouled in the D to roud the keeper and slot home.
Harry Andrews fired wide at the far post from a short corner, but Paul Johnson deflected in Glenn Noller’s pass for the third Havering goal.
And the hosts completed their tally when Paul Dover combined with Johnson and Andrews for Simpson to deflect home his second goal of the game.
Adam Lumbers and Ollie Cipa missed the Trophy tie with injuries and three defensive errors were punished by the visitors in the first half.
Havering failed to convert several short corners before Tulse Hill & Dulwich went 4-0 up from a set-piece and Ingram’s last-minute reply was little consolation.
The seconds romped to a 9-0 win at Saffron Walden fourths ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Wapping sixths this weekend.
Adam Willet netted a hat-trick, while Luke Joslin and Joni Ishikawa added braces.
Mike Caruana-Smith and captain Jon Wigham also struck in the rout, as Kyle Orton shone, but Joslin’s yellow card rules him out of the potential title clincher tomorrow (Saturday).
The thirds fell behind early at Witham, but drew level when Ben Davis set up birthday boy Noel Thoufick at close range.
The hosts regained the lead from a short corner, but Richard Cast teed up James Hosier to make it 2-2 only for Witham to net a third before half time.
Havering conceded twice more after the restart, before Cast fired in a short corner from the top of the D.
But despite tireless work from Hosier and man of the amtch Davis, Havering conceded a sixth before full time.
The women maintained their hold on top spot in the Essex Premier Division with a 5-1 win over Phoenix.
Anna Webb slid in their first with a reverse sweep, with Catherine Semon adding a second from a short corner after good work from Amelia Acreman.
Semon glanced in Emma Isherwood’s effort for the third, but Phoenix hit back before half time.
Steph Prowse, Wendy Schofield, Monica Dubb and Sue Harwood held firm after that and Emily Gilkes-Tarsey made it 4-1 after Semon, Isherwood and Webb had combined.
Chris Noller, Isherwood, Lauren Earle and Rhiannon Goulden went close to adding to the tally before Semon rounded off the scoring with a well-struck penalty corner.
The fourths secured a fine 3-2 win over their Waltham Forest rivals.
A wonderful goal from Sarah Kennedy was followed by a penalty stroke from Emma Knight, before Forest hit back to level.
But Megan Isherwood produced a winner for Havering and took home the player of the match award on her 18th birthday.