Havering men ensure safety with assured win
PUBLISHED: 11:30 31 March 2017
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Havering 3 Old Southendian 0
Havering cemented a place in East Premier B with an assured win over relegated Old Southendian at Campion.
The home side showed patience during a slow opening to take control, but the visitors had a few early chances and had an effort ruled out midway through the first half.
Havering keeper Lee Bennett was largely untroubled after that as his side increased the pressure, but the scoreline remained blank at the interval.
The breakthrough came 10 minutes into the second half when a strong shot from Luke Joslin was deflected into the net by the onrushing Alistair Lewis.
And it was one-way traffic after that as Havering doubled their lead when Chris Dunn collected the ball on the halfway line and, supported by Joslin and Josh Cipa, outpaced the visiting defence, before the three attacking players swapped passes and Cipa finished things off.
Havering’s third goal came when Stuart Garnell beat three defenders and found Cipa in the D to unleash a powerful reverse-stick shot, which flew past the Southendians keeper.
And the hosts had chances to extend their lead further in the closing stages, but had done enough to ensure safety after an encouraging end to the campaign.
The seconds also rounded off their season with a comfortable 3-1 win over their Old Southendian counterparts.
The home side began poorly and fell behind when Southendians scrambled home from a short corner.
But Ryan Adcock levelled just before the interval with a superb solo effort and Havering improved after the restart.
Mike Caruana-Smith’s individual effort put them in front and he struck again soon after from close range to seal the points.
The thirds came from two goals down at half time to earn a share of the spoils at Chelmsford fourths.
Mike Gilbert’s goalbound effort was tucked in by Jonni Ishikawa to begin the fightback, with Roger Hiett flicking home from a short corner to level.
Havering then took the lead when John Wigham made space in the D and fired home, but the home side hit back after a spell of pressure to ensure honours finished even.
*Havering are hosting a 5k fun run in memory of Graham Wilson at Harrow Lodge Park on Sunday.
It will start at 2pm, with registration taking place between 12.30-1.30pm and entry fee is £5, with all money raised going to the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund.
A plaque will also be unveiled in Graham Wilson’s memory in the clubhouse at 3.45pm, with food and refreshments being served, and a spokesperson said: “The day is about remembering our friends ‘G’ and Tom and raising as much money as possible towards a great cause. Please come along and feel free to bring friends and family to support the day.”