Havering women let winning lead slip late on
PUBLISHED: 09:30 12 October 2018
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Havering’s women had to settle for a share of the spoils with Southend & Benfleet after conceding two late goals in a 3-3 draw in East League Two South East.
The hosts began well, with Emily Martin firing just wide from Catherine Semon’s pass, while Semon forced a good save from the visiting keeper.
And an excellent cross from Wendy Schofield found Martin on the right to drive into the D and tee up Emily Gilkes-Tarsey to sweep high into the net.
Southend were quick on the break but Steph Prowse was in commanding form at the back and Sophie McCoy pulled off some excellent saves before the visitors finally found a way through.
Emma Isherwood missed a chance to restore the lead from Semon’s through ball as the keeper deflected her shot behind.
But Havering began the second half strongly, with Semon, Martin, Gilkes-Tarsey and Katie Griggs all denied before Sue Harwood struck.
Hollie Dawkins began causing problems on the right as Emma Sharp kept putting well struck balls through, but Nic Earle’s shot lacked power.
Good interplay put Martin through and she again pulled the ball back well for Sharp to make it 3-1 with only five minutes left.
But a lapse in concentration left Alison Floyd exposed at the back and the speed of the visiting forwards proved too much as they pulled one back.
Havering unfortunately failed to tighten up and in seeking a fourth goal left their defence exposed again and Southend and Benfleet earned the equaliser.
The seconds claimed the points at Colchester thirds with a 2-0 win after a commanding performance.
Alex Semon’s powerful strike put them ahead and Izzy Purdie netted a second soon after.
But Havering could not add to their tally despite some inspired attacking play in the second half, as stand-in keeper Trudie Clark denied the hosts a reply.
The thirds came from behind to earn a point from a 2-2 draw with Basildon fourths at Campion.
Karen Smith put Havering in front with a skilful finish, but the visitors equalised and then went ahead.
With two minutes left Karen Milicent struck a powerful 16-yard hit to find newcomer Emilie Molloy, before Alicia Murden beat two defenders confidently to level.