Hockey: Havering men pip Peterborough
PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 November 2018
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Havering’s men netted two first-half goals to secure a 2-0 win over Peterborough in East Premier B.
Buoyed by their 6-1 win at West Herts a week earlier, they welcomed Chris Dunn back to action and had the better of the early stages.
Lewis Smith deflected in the opening goal from a corner, with Harry Andrews firing home the second.
Peterborough had chances to reply in the second half but Havering defended well, with good goalkeeping, to protect their lead ahead of a trip to Shefford & Sandy.
The seconds were on the wrong of a 2-1 defeat against Wapping sevenths and suffered a fifth straight loss.
Liam Keeling went close in the first half, diverting the ball just wide, before the visitors struck on a break.
Havering had control of possession in the second half, but Wapping doubled their advantage from a disputed short corner, after keeper Lee Bennett was adjudged to have deliberately kicked the ball over the back line.
The hosts dominated the last 20 minutes and pulled one goal back as Andy Meehan tapped in at the far post after being set up by James Walker at a short corner, but Wapping held on to take the points.
The thirds fell behind against Saffron Walden, but responded with a swift attack and goal from Richard Cast.
Hard work by Matt Kennedy led to a penalty flick, but an injury ruled him out of the rest of the match, before Cast converted from the spot.
Cast netted twice more in the second half, as Jack Matthews also bagged a brace in a 6-1 win ahead of a derby with Upminster fourths.
The women lost 8-1 at Sevenoaks thirds in East Two South East.
An understrength side fell five goals behind in the first half, but hit back when Sue Bartlett’s great run and pass set up Sue Harwood to score.
It was only a consolation, though, as the hosts added three more to their tally.
A depleted second string dug deep to earn a 1-1 draw with East London fifths.
They fell behind to a counter-attack and deflected shot but showed great spirit in the second half and got the reward their hard work deserved as Alicia Murden levelled, with Cat Semon and Louise Burgess impressing.
The thirds had to cancel a match with Maldon seconds, while the fourths forfeitted a fixture with Waltham Forest due to unavailabilties.
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