Havering women draw positives from unbeaten run

PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 April 2017

A Havering player puts pressure on a rival (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A Havering player puts pressure on a rival (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s women maintained their unbeaten record in 2017 with a hard-earned point at leaders East London in their final match of the East Two South East season.

With the home side having already clinched promotion, Havering expected a tough contest and took a while to settle.

They created one chance of note in the first half as Sue Harwood’s run into the D won a short corner, which was unconverted, but East London proved strong in midfield and attack and took the lead before the break.

Coach Brad Morland’s half-time team-talk helped the visitors regain focus and they improved after the restart, with a good run and pass from Louise Burgess putting Harwood through.

Harwood’s pass into the D was deflected in by Katie Griggs to level and defenders Steph Prowse, Burgess, Charlotte Chamberlin, Bethan Isherwood and Sam Cash held their shape well to deny East London.

Keeper Sophie McCoy was rarely troubled as Lauren Earle, Harwood, Catherine Semon and Blaise Copeland began to create more chances from midfield.

Griggs, Emily Martin, Emily Gilkes-Tarsey and Emma Isherwood began to put pressure on the home defence, with East London picking up a couple of green cards.

But despite having more possession, Havering could not find a winner, although Semon’s short corner effort went close, and a draw secured third place.

The seconds ended the Essex Division One season with a fine 2-1 win at Old Loughts thirds.

Nicki Cast opened the scoring after some great play from Izzy Purdie and Alex Semon, with Kirsty Watley, Laura Griffin, Sue Bartlett and Sarah James Gray denying Loughts a reply until just before the interval.

Great runs from Saffron Harvey, Gemma McKenzie Cardy and Hollie Dawkins helped Havering win a short corner in the second half, though, and Watley swept home the winner to seal fifth place in the final table.

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