Havering's men enjoy home comforts to claim hat-trick of wins for East League bids
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 December 2017
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Havering's men beat Dereham 3-2 at Campion School to make it back-to-back wins in East Premier B on Saturday.
Buoyed by their success at Wisbech, they began brightly and attacked well on the right, but needed a good save from Lee Bennett to deny the visitors.
The first short corner was won by the hosts around the 10-minute mark and Aaron Cornish found captain Harry Jenkins on the right of the D to fizz an inviting ball towards the far post where a defender deflected into the net.
Havering dominated midfield possession through the work of Harry Andrews, Alex Defroand, Verinder Channa and Paul Dover, who limped off with a recurring hamstring injury.
And Andrews fired home their second goal from a well-rehearsed corner move before the interval.
It was 3-0 around the 50-minute mark as Andrews picked out Defroand for a deflection and the ball fell kindly for Alex Lee to finish from close range.
The game was not without controversy, though, and cards were shown to Alistair Lewis and Lewis Smith, allowing Dereham to hit back from a corner.
A second effort from the last play of the game was only a consolation and Havering have this weekend off before visiting Ipswich ES on December 9.
The seconds made hard work of beating bottom club Southend in Division Four South East, with a host of missed chances in their nervy 1-0 win.
Top scorer Adam Willett slipped after rounding the keeper, but Mike Caruana-Smith finished a short-corner move from a tight angle via the post.
The visitors had two goals disallowed before the break, but Havering continued to dominate in the second half.
Ryan Adcock missed from close range when it seemed easier to score, as Chris Dunn, Zak Nerukar, James Diggins and Caruana-Smith also failing to convert as one proved enough.
The thirds took the lead against East London sevenths when Bill Birbeck attacked on the left and fired into the D for Luke Clarke to deflect into the roof of the net.
A strong East London side scrambled an equaliser before the break, but Havering continued to press in the second half and Richard Cast fired home a corner.
Birbeck showed excellent determination and dribbling skills to slot home a third, but East netted a second goal as Havering held on in a tense finale.