Hockey Preview

PUBLISHED: 12:27 24 November 2011

More hockey action this weekend (Jason Smith)

More hockey action this weekend (Jason Smith)


‘Must-win’ clash for Havering

Saturday, East Hockey League

Men’s Premier A

Havering v Bishop’s Stortford (12.30pm)

As the season’s midway point approaches, Havering face a ‘must-win’ clash at Campion.

Last weekend’s 6-1 defeat at Cambridge University was Havering’s third loss in a row and saw them slip to next-to-bottom.

Stortford, meanwhile, climbed above them following a 4-1 win over Dereham.

Both sides are struggling in front of goal, averaging just over one per game. But Stortford’s defence is a little tighter at present, with only 23 conceded as opposed to the 36 allowed by Havering thus far.

Division 1

Broxbourne v Upminster (1.30pm)

Nick Payne’s Upminster travel to Hertfordshire on the back of an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Felixstowe.

Below-par at Coopers, they saw Glenn Noller’s goal cancelled out late on, while Broxbourne were celebrating a 2-0 win at Bedford and lie just one point off second place.

With a home match against lowly Pelicans to follow next weekend, Upminster will be looking for a confidence boost.

Division 4SE

Old Southendian II v Romford (2pm)

Romford ended a run of three successive defeats in some style last weekend.

Alfie Hibbard’s hat-trick led the way in an 8-1 demolition of struggling Witham 2nds at Robert Clack, while Southendian went down to a lone goal at Harlow.

Only three points separates these two sides in mid-table and victory by a two-goal margin would lift Romford above their hosts.

Other fixtures, Men’s East Div 2S: Saffron Walden v Brentwood (Newport Free Grammar School, 1.30pm).

Div 3SE: Clacton v Brentwood II (Clacton Leisure, 2pm); Upminster II v Southend (1pm).

Div 4SE: Brentwood III v Saffron Walden II (3.30pm); Wapping V v Havering II (John Orwell, 2.30pm).

Div 5SE: Brentwood IV v Chelmsford IV (11am); Phoenix II v Upminster III (Four Releet, 2.30pm).

Div 6SE: Havering III v Crostyx III (2pm); Upminster IV v Brentwood V (11.30am).

Div 7SE: Havering IV v Upminster V (3.30pm): Romford II v Essex Uni II (1pm).

Div 8SE: Brentwood Academy v Upminster VI (Brentwood School, 2pm); OL Academy v Brentwood VI (11.30am).

Div 9SE: Romford III v Old Southendian VI (2.30pm).

Women’s East Div 1S: Bishop’s Stortford v Havering (Hockerill College, 12pm); Upminster v Bromley & Beckenham (2.30pm).

Div 2SE: Brentwood v Sevenoaks IV (2pm).

Essex Premier: Brentwood II v Upminster II (12.30pm). Div 1: Havering III v Phoenix II (11am); Thurrock II v Havering II (Palmers College, 3.30pm); Wapping V v Brentwood III (John Orwell, 10am).

Div 2: Romford v Old Loughts IV (1pm); Upminster III v Brentwood IV (4pm). Div 3: Old Loughts V v Havering IV (Campion School, 9.30am). Div 4: Southend IV v Romford II; Upminster IV v Old Southendian III (10am).

*Brentwood home games at Sawyers Hall College, unless stated; Havering at Campion; Romford at Robert Clack; Upminster at Coopers.

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