Hockey: Havering men draw positives at Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 15:30 02 February 2018

Havering huddle before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Havering huddle before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s men had to settle for an East Premier B point following a 1-1 draw at Peterborough on Saturday.

Travelling with just a bare 11, they had their share of possession in the first half, but the hosts took the lead when a driven ball across the D found their striker to net.

Havering man of the match Lewis Smith found space on the right to force several short corners and converted from one with a calm finish.

But the visitors had Lee Bennett to thank for a good second-half save and cleared another effort off the line, while Alex Lee and Chris Dunn had chances at the other end.

Havering head to West Herts this weekend, hoping for a win to keep promotion hopes alive.

Two goals from club top scorer Adam Willett were not enough as the seconds lost 3-2 at Chelmsford thirds.

The hosts opened the scoring with the only goal of a fairly even first half, but Willett struck back after the restart, sweeping home from close range at a short corner.

Havering then dominated possession and pressed for a winner, but Chelmsford were dangerous on the break and scored twice against the run of play to take a 3-1 lead.

Mike Caruana-Smith and Andy Meehan failed to convert good chances for Havering, before Willett’s second gave them late hope.

And in the closing stages, Ryan Lee fired in a cross from the left but no team-mate was on hand to covert and James Diggens failed to put away another good chance from close range in the last minute.

The thirds also finished empty-handed on their travels after a 3-0 loss at Saffron Walden sixths.

Despite having several short corners in the first half, Havering could not convert any of their opportunities and Walden took the lead from a corner of their own, which crept inside the post.

Persistent pressure from Havering came to nothing and Walden increased their lead on a counter attack.

John Binks had Havering’s best chance in the second half but, with just the keeper to beat, he missed the target.

And although stand-in keeper Jack Martin made a fine one-handed save for the visitors, he was beaten once more late on.

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