Havering men on the up
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 March 2015
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Team secure promotion with two games to spare
Havering secured promotion to East Premier A with two games to spare after a 4-1 win at Peterborough seconds.
Despite a slow start, Harry Jenkins and Jack Barlow marshalled the defence well, leaving Joe Shearer-Rust with only one notable save to make from a reverse hit at the top of the D.
Havering broke the deadlock through Ollie Cipa, as he managed to squeeze the ball between the keeper’s legs from a very tight angle, and the visitors relaxed.
The quality of play improved, but a few short corners were wasted before Gaz Ingram stepped up to dance past two players and smash the ball against the backboard for 2-0.
Ingram added a third before the break when a deflected ball fell kindly into his path, sprinting through and rounding the keeper before flicking into an empty net.
And, after the hosts wasted a three-on-one chance in the second half, Ingram fired a cross into the D from the right for Marcus Hall to convert at the second attempt for a 4-0 lead.
Peterbrough scrambled home a late consolation, but victory leaves Havering five points clear going into their clash with Ipswich tomorrow (Saturday).
The seconds need one point from their last two fixtures to secure the Division Five title after beating Brentwood fourths.
Havering needed three late goals to see off the strugglers, though, in a 5-2 success.
Chris Dunn and Mike Jolly netted to put the leaders on top early on, but Brentwood hit back with a brace to level before the break.
Alistair Lewis fired home a powerful strike from the top of the D to restore Havering’s lead 10 minutes from time, with Billy Wilson and a fine Ryan Lee solo effort sealing the points.
The thirds completed a hat-trick of wins with a 2-1 victory over Clacton seconds.
Richard Cast had two early chances before Clacton’s Matthew Bird fired past Liam Keeling to put the visitors ahead.
Brad Morland pounced on a loose ball and slotted home an equaliser in the second half, then netted the winner from a scrappy short corner move as Blair Murphy marshalled Havering’s defence to hold on.
Havering’s women maintained their hold on top spot in the Essex Premier Division with a 2-1 derby win at Romford, avenging their only loss this season.
Romford had the better of the opening 15 minutes, with Katie Williams, Sara Ronayne, Sheryl James and Siobhan Scott-Nielsen creating chances for Emma James and Sonata Sliuzaite.
But Steph Prowse, Sue Harwood, Chris Noller and Wendy Schofield held firm and Sophie McCoy made saves when needed.
Anna Webb and Vicky Lynch worked hard to create openings, but Sarah MacAulay pulled off some great saves as the scoreline remained blank at half time.
Havering broke the deadlock, though, when Harwood’s corner found Catherine Semon, who found Emma Isherwood to return the ball to Harwood at the far post for a tap-in.
The visitors doubled their lead in similar style as Semon and Isherwood combined and Harwood netted at the second attempt, but Emily Gilkes-Tarsey had an effort ruled out before Romford hit back through Scott-Nielsen late on.
After a goalless first half, injury reduced Havering seconds to 10 players in the second period of their match with Witham, who took advantage to run out 6-1 winners.
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