Havering women maintain fine form
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 March 2017
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Southend & Benfleet 2 Havering 3
Havering’s women maintained their fine form in East Two South East with victory at Southend & Benfleet.
They had to come from behind after conceding during a slow start, but Bethan Isherwood, Vicky Morrison, Sue Harwood and Blaise Copeland made some driving runs to wake them up.
And Steph Prowse, Charlotte Chamberlin, Sam Cash and Isherwood held firm in defence, as Sophie McCoy made some good saves to deny the hosts further goals.
Havering hit back from a short corner when Copeland found Emma Isherwood, whose shot was stopped on the line by a defender’s foot, allowing her to convert from the spot.
History repeated itself soon after as another Isherwood corner was blocked by a defender’s leg and she netted her second penalty.
But Havering made a sluggish start to the second half and the hosts broke to sweep home their second goal and square matters.
Emily Martin, Emily Gilkes-Tarsey and Alex Semon began to create spaces in attack and Copeland took advantage, picking out Emma Isherwood for a reverse-stick sweep that was saved but fell for Semon to force home the winning goal.
Victory keeps Havering in third place ahead of their home match against Ashford this weekend.
The seconds earned the bragging rights from their Essex One derby at Romford thanks to a 3-2 win of their own.
Great play by Izzy Purdie set up Saffron Harvey for an early opener, but Romford rallied to net an equaliser on the break.
Nicki Cast restored Havering’s lead from a short corner and they enjoyed good spells of possession, as Sue Bartlett, Laura Griffin and Purdie kept the pressure on.
Romford squared matters for a second time when a shot deflected off a Havering stick to beat Kim Clarke, but Rhiannon Goulden and Harvey combined to win a short corner and Cast fired home Havering’s winner.