Hockey Preview

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 March 2012

More hockey action this weekend (Pic: Jason Smith)

More hockey action this weekend (Pic: Jason Smith)


Crunch time for local clubs

Premier A

Bishop’s Stortford v Havering (1.30pm)

Anything less than a win will condemn Havering to the bottom two.

Defeats against Cambridge University and Ipswich last weekend left them bottom of the pile, three points behind Stortford.

And Havering now have only two games left to play this season, while Stortford still have five.

Honours finished even at 3-3 when these two sides met at Campion in late November, but Havering have taken only two points from 10 games since that date and now find themselves on the brink of relegation.

Division 1

Upminster v Broxbourne (1pm)

The relegation issue in this division could go down to the wire with only five points currently separating four clubs in the bottom half of the table.

Ipswich’s fate has already been secured and Bedford look set to join them, but the third spot is still to be determined.

One of Pelicans (21 points), Felixstowe (24), Upminster (25) and Ford (26) could yet slip through the trap door, although Nick Payne’s Upminster have a game in hand on their rivals.

But they host a Broxbourne side this weekend, who won 2-1 when these sides met earlier in the season and are still pushing for promotion and maybe even the title.

Division 4SE

Romford v Old Southendians II (1pm)

Romford could ensure their survival with victory at Robert Clack this weekend.

They moved seven points clear of the bottom three with victory at basement boys Witham last weekend, with four games still to play.

And another success over Southendians might be enough, although they lost 2-1 when these sides met earlier in the season.

Romford’s women, meanwhile, could clinch the Essex Division Two title with victory over nearest rivals Basildon 4ths. They are unbeaten in all 19 games played to date this season.

Other fixtures, Men’s East Div 2S: Brentwood v Saffron Walden (Sawyer Hall College, 2pm). Div 3SE: Brentwood II v Clacton (Sawyer Hall, 12.30pm); Southend v Upminster II (Sweyne Park School, 11.15am).

Div 4SE: Havering II v Wapping V (2.30pm); Saffron Walden II v Brentwood III (Newport Free Grammar School, 1.30pm).

Div 5SE: Chelmsford IV v Brentwood IV (3.30pm); Upminster III v Phoenix II (11.30am).

Div 6SE: Brentwood V v Upminster IV (Sawyer Hall, 3.30pm); Crostyx III v Havering III (Peter May, 3pm).

Div 7SE: Essex Uni II v Romford II (12.30pm); Upminster V v Havering IV (4pm).

Div 8SE: Brentwood VI v OL Academy (Brentwood School, 3.30pm); Upminster VI v Brentwood Academy (10am).

Div 9SE: Old Southendians VI v Romford III (3.30pm).

Women’s East Div 1S: Bromley & Beckenham II v Upminster (Langley Park School, 12.15pm); Havering v B Stortford (1pm).

Div 2SE: Sevenoaks IV v Brentwood (12pm).

Essex Premier: Brentwood II v Old de Ferrians (Brentwood School, 2pm); Upminster II v Southend II (2.30pm).

Div 1: Brentwood III v Witham (Sawyer Hall, 11am); Havering II v Chelmsford IV (11.30am); Wapping V v Havering III (John Orwell, 10am).

Div 2: Colne v Brentwood IV (Essex Uni, 2.30pm); County v Upminster III (Chelmsford County High School, 2pm); Romford v Basildon IV (2.30pm).

Div 3: Redbridge II v Havering IV (12pm).

Div 4: Harlow II v Upminster IV (Leventhorpe School, 11am); Old Southendian III v Romford II (St Thomas More School, 11am); Southend IV v Brentwood V (St Thomas More School, 4pm).
*Havering home games at Campion School; Romford at Robert Clack School; Upminster at Coopers Coborn, unless stated.

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