Havering’s title-winning women hailed
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 March 2015
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Isherwood: Exciting times for whole club
Havering’s women clinched the Essex Premier Division title in style with an 11-0 romp at Brentwood seconds.
The goals flowed from the sticks of Catherine Semon and Anna Webb, who hit hat-tricks, with Emily Gilkes-Tarsey adding a brace.
And Emma Isherwood, Chris Noller and Rhiannon Goulden completed the tally, as Havering finished three points clear at the top.
Chairperson Isherwood said: “The club is thrilled to have had such a successful season. The women have worked hard to turn things around after the disappointment of relegation from the East League two seasons ago.
“A new coach and the development of our younger players have been instrumental in our achieving promotion. It was fantastic to finish with such a big win.
“We have a great mix of youth and experience in the squad which makes for exciting times for the women and the whole club.”
Havering’s men ended a memorable East Premier B title-winning campaign unbeaten after a 3-1 win over Harleston seconds.
The first half ended goalless, but Havering broke the deadlock with a Gaz Ingram flick after Alex Simpson’s mazy run into the D.
Glen Noller skipped past two defenders before teeing up Alex Defroand to drill home the second and earn just reward for another excellent midfield display.
And it was 3-0 when Harry Andrews caught the Magpies keeper off guard.
Man of the match Jack Barlow marshalled Havering’s defence superbly, but hopes of a clean sheet were shattered in the last minute when Nik Males was beaten at the second attempt from a short corner.
It could not take the gloss off a superb season as Havering, led by player-coach Paul Johnson and captain Michael Caruana Smith, finished with 84 goals to their name.
Males and Joseph Shearer-Rust conceded 14 less goals than any other team in the division behind a strong defensive unit that included Harry Jenkins, Barlow, Adam Lumbers, Josh Cipa, Alastair Lewis, Caruana Smith and Johnson.
Simpson, Paul Dover, Defroand and Marcus Hall all shone in midfield, as Ollie Cipa, Andrews, Ingram, Stuart Garnell, Noller and Chris Dunn combined to good effect in attack.
The seconds completed their title-winning campaign with a 9-0 romp against Phoenix.
The champions netted seven times in the first half, playing some of their best hockey of the season, and Kyle Orton went close to his first goal when hitting a post.
Chris Dunn hit a hat-trick, while Alex Lee nabbed a brace and Roger Hiett, Jon Wigham, Mike Jolly and Adam Willett also found the target.
Havering finished five poitns clear of Wapping with 115 goals to their name, with Lee their top scorer, while Joni Ishikawa took their player of the season award and Orton was their most improved player.
The thirds ended their campaign with a 2-1 win over Redbridge.
Blair Murphy, Stuart Mee, Ricky Sales and Matthew Kennedy held firm early on, as veterans Brad Morland and Dave Tarsey probed away in attack.
Havering took the lead when Shearer-Rust pounced at a short corner to claim a rare goal and Sales made it 2-0 from another set-piece before the break.
Redbridge hit back from the penalty spot with 10 minutes left, but good work from James Hosier, Richard Cast, Mark Tompkins and Gareth Cast helped Havering hold on for the points.
The women’s fourths got some reward for all of their hard work over the season with a 2-1 win over Southend thirds.
A beautiful goal from Danielle Drake put Havering ahead in the first half and a powerful short corner by Alice Martin, who enjoyed a rare outfield role, proved decisive as she shared the player of the match award with Nardina Chuter.
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