Hockey: Havering return empty-handed
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 November 2017
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Havering's men returned empty handed from East Premier B rivals Cambridge City seconds after a 2-1 loss.
They travelled in confident mood after winning their last three matches, with Alex Lee back in the side.
Harry Jenkins and Adam Lumbers were absent, though, and Paul Johnson joined Jack Barlow in central defence.
The hosts controlled play ealry on and struck when a lifted shot deflected off Lewis Smith’s stick past the helpless Lee Bennett.
Liam Appleyard was denied at close range from Lee’s pass, before City countered quickly to double their lead.
But Havering were unlucky not to get back in the game before the break as Harry Andrews saw his shot from a short corner hit a defender’s foot on the line, only for the infringement to be missed.
The visitors halved the deficit from a second-half corner when Aaron Cornish exchanged passes with Paul Dover and flicked into the net.
And good defensive work from Alex Defroand and Smith denied City further goals, before Andrews fired a late effort across goal and agonisingly beyond Johnson and Appleyard.
The seconds lost 5-4 to Wapping sevenths in an ill-tempered clash.
Captain Jon Wigham stood in for missing keeper Luke Ray and conceded two early goals, before Adam Willett finished from a short corner and Liam Keeling converted a penalty after his goalbound effort was blocked by a defender’s knee.
Goals from Willet and Dan Downes were cancelled out by the hosts, who forced a late winner after Havering were reduced to 10 men.
The thirds ran out 4-1 winners over Chelmsford sixths, despite falling behind in the first half.
Bill Birbeck and Amar Mangat produced some fine runs, but Chelmsford counter attacked well and netted after a defensive mix-up.
Havering began the second half well and equalised with a fine short corner strike by Richard Cast.
Chelmsford’s keeper denied Noel Thoufick several times, before a fine team move ended with Ricky Sales picking out Luke Clarke at the far post. And Thoufick’s reverse stick flick made it 3-1 and Clarke hooked in a late fourth.