Havering women’s six-match unbeaten run comes to an end on difficult day for club
PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 March 2018
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Havering’s women saw their six-game unbeaten run come to an end after a 2-0 East Two South East loss to Waltham Forest.
Missing a few regular players, the hosts struggled to find their usual rhythm, with Emma Isherwood seeing a short corner shot saved.
Bukki Olodo led the defence oof Alison Floyd, Wendy Schofield and Nic Earl well, on the way to the player of the match award, but Forest netted from a corner midway through the first half.
Hollie Dawkins made several good runs on the wing, as Emily Martin, Emily Gilkes-Tarsey and Isherwood looked for a way through in attack.
And Havering managed to get more of a grip on the game in the second half, with Catherine Semon, Katie Griggs, Harwood and Dawkins finding more space.
An equaliser proved elusive, though, as Semon sent a corner chance wide, and Forest doubled their lead on a counter-attack to secure the points, despite some fine saves from Sophie McCoy.
The seconds were edged out 1-0 by East London fourths, as second met third in Essex Division One.
Havering were left frustrated by a string of decisions, including the late short corner that led to the only goal of the game.
And after seeing East London move to within one point of them, Havering will hope to return to winning ways against Southend in their next match.
The thirds battled hard against a well-drilled East London fifths, with Sarah Kennedy their player of the match in a 11-0 loss.
Havering’s men made the long trip to Bourne Deeping in East Premier B and began well, with good possession at the back.
Alex Lee and Aaron Cornish worked well in attack and the visitors took the lead when a good move on the right led to a deflected finish by Cornish.
Bourne hit back after two good saves from Lee Bennett to level and took the lead with a corner strike from the top of the D in the second half, before a near-post deflection sealed a 3-1 win.
The seconds travelled to Braintree and Greg Mawdsley cancelled out an early goal with a superb reverse-stick finish.
The hosts tapped in a second, though, and scored two early goals after the restart on the way to a 5-1 win that leaves Havering needed four points for safety.
The thirds had a bare 11 at Saffron Walden fifths and saw Terry Turner hit a post as they conceded one goal in each half to suffer a 2-0 defeat, which made it six losses in six games on the day for the club.