Havering women have plenty in the tank to sink Wells for another East League victory
PUBLISHED: 16:30 09 February 2018
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Havering’s women came out on top in their latest East Two South East meeting with Tunbridge Wells at Campion School on Saturday.
Held to a 3-3 draw by Basildon a week earlier, the home side were made to wait until the second half before finally breaking the deadlock and earning a 2-0 win.
The first half was a fairly even affair, with both teams having chances, but neither was able to get ahead with the defences proving difficult to break down.
Havering goalie Sophie McCoy made several good saves and clearances, but was rarely troubled as the defence of Bukki Olodo, Sam Cash, Wendy Schofield, Alison Floyd and Monica Dubb worked combined well in front of her to not give away too many chances.
Wells had a couple of short corners but all were cleared, while Sue Harwood and Emily Martin saw chances denied at the other end as the scoreline remained blank at the break.
Havering changed formation for the second half and this soon brought reward when Martin beautifully deflected in Charlotte Chamberlin’s penalty corner to put the hosts ahead.
Hollie Dawkins, Harwood and Chamberlin then took control of the midfield and Wells struggled to get out of their defensive half.
Emily Gilkes-Tarsey had a couple of chances and moved well up front with Martin and Katie Griggs as Havering began to put more pressure on the visiting goal.
The lead was double when Martin intercepted a free hit, took the ball down the wing and passed to Gilkes-Tarsey who crossed to Emma Isherwood in front of goal.
After a bit of a scramble, Isherwood forced the ball over the line and although Wells tried to fight back their lack of substitutes began to tell and Havering held on for the points ahead of this weekend’s trip to Southend & Benfleet.
The seconds raced into a 2-0 lead against County Wanderers, as Alex Semon converted Nicki Cast’s effort for the first goal.
The second came shortly before half time when Saffron Harvey received a cross and confidently put the ball into the corner of the net, but despite maintaining control in the second period Havering saw County hit back.
And with less than 10 minutes to go, County were awarded a controversial penalty flick, after Kim Clark had made a good save, and converted for a 2-2 draw.