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Hockey: Havering men empty-handed at Wapping

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 January 2018

A Havering player hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A Havering player hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Havering’s men were left empty-handed after a 2-0 loss at high-flying East Premier B rivals Wapping seconds at Lee Valley.

The hosts made a fast and aggressive start, pressing Havering hard, and took the lead when a shot was blocked and the rebound converted.

Havering tried to find more possession, but Wapping made things difficult and when a free ball found its way to a forward-running midfielder, a simple pass to a striker at the top of the D meant a clean strike found the bottom corner of the net.

The visitors did sttart to threaten Wapping’s goal near the end of the first half, with a through ball finding Harry Andrews on the penalty spot but the keeper was quick off his line to block the shot.

The second half lost its flow as a series of hard tackles saw both sides reduced from their full playing quota.

Havering had two great chances to hit back, but the Wapping goal remained intact and there was no change to the scoreline.

The seconds earned a crucial 3-2 win over East London fourths, after fielding an innovative new formation.

Havering started brightly and saw Greg Mawdsley blast over from close range, before they went behind following a defensive error.

The visitors were fortunate to level before half-time as the East London keeper failed to keep out a shot from Mike Caruana-Smith that spun past him over the line.

But Havering were much improved in the second half and took the lead though Caruana-Smith’s deft finish from a short corner.

Mawdsley fired into the roof of the net from a tight angle soon after, atoning for his earlier miss, to make it 3-1 and although East London hit back late on there was no denying Havering.

The thirds took the lead at Old Southendian fourths when Noel Thoufick netted from the penalty spot.

And they doubled their advantage when Thoufick cleverly redirected an off-target shot into the back of the net for his second.

Richard Cast saw his shot, which was going wide, tapped in at the far post by Thoufick to complete his hat trick in the second half and Graham Walker’s fantastic save kept it at 3-0 until a late consolation.

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