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Hockey Preview

PUBLISHED: 14:23 13 January 2011

Hockey returns, en masse, this weekend

Hockey returns, en masse, this weekend

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Locals return to action

Premier A

Havering v West Herts

Following a baptism of fire on their National Indoor League debut in Hull, Havering’s men return to outdoors action at Campion.

Honours finished even when the two sides met on the first day of the season, courtesy of a 2-2 draw at West Herts, but Havering enjoyed a better first half to the campaign and currently sit in fifth place, with games in hand on three of the teams above them.

Division 1

Upminster v Old Southendian

Unbeaten in six games and fresh from their first clean sheet of the season, Upminster are out for revenge at Coopers.

They lost to a single goal when these sides met on opening day, the first of four defeats in their first five games of the season.

Five wins and a draw have followed for Nick Payne’s men, who remain in the hunt for the runners-up spot.

Division 4SE

Romford v East London 2nds

Condemned to an 8-0 home defeat by Wapping 4ths in their last outing before Christmas, Romford will be looking for a pick-me-up at Robert Clack.

Lying just four points above the bottom two, they need a good second half to the campaign but are without Nick O’Dell this weekend.

Women’s

East Div 1S

Thurrock v Upminster

Table-topping Upminster will look to maintain their hold on first place against lowly Tees.

Michelle Dixey’s side have won eight of their 11 games to date and enjoy a two-point lead over Colchester, who have played a game more.

Their hosts, meanwhile, have celebrated victory just once to date.

Div 2SW

Welwyn v Havering

Unbeaten Havering began 2011 with a 6-1 romp at lowly Stevenage last weekend.

Averaging five goals per game, they have a four-point lead over Letchworth and could enjoy another productive day against a Welwyn side with the second worst defensive record in the division.

Essex Div 1

Romford v Wapping IV

Beaten 1-0 by Old Southendian last weekend, Romford will hope for better on home turf.

Victory over Wapping could lift them up to fifth place, but defeat will leave captain Sheryl James and her team looking over their shoulders at the relegation places.


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