Havering women back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 November 2016
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Second string celebrate derby success over Romford
Havering’s women got back to winning ways in East Two South East with a 2-0 victory over Southend & Benfleet at Campion.
The defensive unit of Steph Prowse, Chris Noller, Louise Burgess, Wendy Schofield and Sue Bartlett quickly nullified the visitor’s pacy forwards, as Havering looked to put defeat at Waltham Forest behind them.
And the home side took the lead when Burgess produced a strong run to beat several players and enter the D, before firing home.
Charlotte Chamberlin, Lauren Earle, Beth Isherwood and Vicky Morrison dominated midfield to keep Havering’s momentum and a second goal arrived when Emma Isherwood’s short corner went in off the keeper’s pads.
The visitors rallied and created chances of their own, but Sophie McCoy was equal to them and saved well.
And Havering had chances to extend their lead in the second half, with Beth Isherwood seeing a good shot saved and several short corners going begging.
Emily Martin, Sue Harwood and Emma Isherwood were all denied, while Burgess made a superb clearance off the line to deny Southend & Benfleet a reply.
Katie Griggs, Martin and Harwood all continued to pressure the visiting defence, as Earle, Chamberlin and Morrison kept pushing forward, but Havering had to settle for just two goals.
The seconds got the better of local rivals Romford in their Essex League derby to claim their second win of the season.
The visitors began well, but great play from Kirsty Watley, Sarah James-Gray and Laura Griffin denied them a breakthrough.
Havering started to create chances of their own and took the lead before the interval through Watley, after good work from Saffron Harvey and Alex Semon.
Romford levelled after the restart thanks to Katie Williams, but Havering were soon back in front after Shelly Griffin won a short corner and Watley converted, which turned out to be the winning goal.
Havering face another derby as they host Upminster tomorrow (Saturday).
The thirds saw their clash at Chelmsford fifths postponed after a heavy downpour left the Chelmer Park pitch flooded.
n Havering men’s third team were hit for six by Saffron Walden fourths.
They took the lead after only two minutes thanks to Noel Thoufick and doubled it as Liam Keeling fired in from a short corner, before the visitors hit back.
Havering went 3-1 up after the restart with a fine team goal, as Mike Hosier’s reverse pass found Zak Nerurkar unmarked at the far post.
But the home side then lost their way and a combined of defensive errors and good hockey by Saffron Walden saw them score five unanswered goals for a 6-3 victory.
The fourths included club stalwarts Blair Murphy, Bob Joyce and Terry Turner in their bare 11 against Old Southendian fifths in the final match of the day at Campion.
And they defied the slippery conditions and a lack of substitutes to earn a well-deserved point from a scoreless draw, although both sides had chances to break the deadlock.
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