Hockey: No Norwich reward for Havering men
PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 February 2018
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Havering’s men made the long trip back from Norwich empty handed after losing their rearranged East Premier B clash on Saturday.
Both sides had chances to get their noses in front in the first half, with Havering’s Liam Appleyard denied by a goalline clearance.
Harry Jenkins saved the visitors at the other end, clearing off the line after a Norwich forward had rounded goalie Lee Bennett.
But Norwich took the lead in the second half when a short corner strike was deflected into the path of one of their players, who fired low past Bennett.
Havering rallied and were back on terms from a short corner of their own as Harry Andrews fired home a powerful shot.
However, as play became more stretched, Norwich took advantage of their bigger squad to claim a late winner, with a reverse stick shot squeezing inside the near post with time almost up.
Havering make the long trip to mid-table rivals Bourne Deeping this weekend.
The seconds were on the wrong end of a 6-1 defeat against Division Four South East leaders Wapping sixths at Lee Valley.
They conceded in the opening minutes after a defensive error and then saw James Diggens divert the ball into his own net.
Wapping netted twice more to go into the break with a 4-0 advantage and although Mike Caruana-Smith replied, the home side scored two more.
Havering women’s seconds headed to Essex League Division One rivals Harlow with a depleted side, including six third-teamers.
And they had the better of the first half, with Jackie Teleki working hard in attack and Chris Noller holding strong in defence.
A fine team effort resulted in a much deserved goal before half time for young Freya Rossington-Trottman, but Harlow had more of the chances in the second half.
George Black produced a number of excellent saves to protect Havering’s lead and they held on for the points to remain in second place.
The first team will look to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they return to East Two South East action against Waltham Forest at Campion tomorrow.
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