Havering’s unbeaten start ended by last-gasp winner
PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 October 2015
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Women’s firsts suffer late agony against Ashford
Havering women’s firsts suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 at home to fellow Division Two South East high-flyers Ashford.
The hosts had most of the territory early on, but were unable to make it pay as Ashford began to settle down.
Havering keeper Sophie McCoy was soon being tested by the Ashford attack and made several crucial saves to keep the scores level.
Both teams continued to make chances that lacked the required finish after the break until the visitors made the breakthrough.
With a minute remaining, a hard Ashford shot in the D was flicked into the roof of the Havering net to give the visitors the win.
There was better luck for the twos who climbed to second in the Essex Division One standings with a 3-2 victory at Chelmsford.
Goals from Tess Meehan, Emily Martin and Saffron Harvey secured the win for the seconds who play table-topping Upminster next.
The men’s firsts are still in search of their first away win of the season after returning from Ipswich empty handed following a 4-1 defeat.
Havering struggled for possession in the early minutes, but grew into the game as the first half wore on and eventually took the lead.
After several attempts were blocked, Stuart Garnell was on hand to finally tuck the ball away to put the visitors ahead.
Ipswich were level by the break and there looked to be only one winner when the teams returned as the hosts scored another three.
The seconds were another side to lose by a three-goal margin as they were beaten 5-2 away to Chelmsford in Division Four South East.
Chelmsford held a two-goal lead at the break and despite efforts from Havering’s Greg Mawdsley and Ashley Dawes, the hosts increased their advantage in the second half.
The match did provide Havering with a good sighter as they came up against a team who are expected to feature in the title race this season.
Like the seconds, the thirds faced Chelmsford opposition, but lost 5-0 despite the best efforts of Mike Gilbert, Richard Cast, James Hosier and Zak Nerurkar.
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