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HOCKEY PREVIEW

PUBLISHED: 12:12 28 January 2011

Upminster 3rd XI before their win at Colchester

Upminster 3rd XI before their win at Colchester

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Havering visit basement boys

East Premier A

Blueharts v Havering (1.30pm)

Midway through their 22-game campaign Havering are mired in mid-table.

Beaten 5-2 at second-placed Cambridge City last weekend, after conceding two late goals, they will hope to keep in touch with the top end of the table with victory at basement boys Blueharts.

Otherwise their season could degenerate into a scramble for enough points to keep clear of the relegation places.

Division 1

Upminster v St Ives (2.30pm)

Unbeaten in eight matches, Upminster will be nonetheless be smarting after missing a late penalty chance to clinch victory at Dereham last weekend.

Lyndon Ford has hit a rich vein of scoring form – although he was the guilty part from the spot – and Nick Payne’s men will be looking to set the record straight after losing 5-2 in St Ives.

Division 4SE

Romford v Southend II (1pm)

Title-chasing Brentwood 2nds proved too strong for Romford a week ago, but they will be keen to see off struggling Southend.

A fifth win of the season would allow Romford to hang on to the coat tails of the top five, but an unthinkable eighth defeat will have them looking over their shoulders in the second half of the campaign.

Women’s East Div 1

Tunbridge Wells v Upminster (1pm)

Second to Colchester on goal difference, but with a game in hand, Upminster can boost their title hopes in Kent.

Tunbridge Wells have won just once in 14 games and lie next-to-bottom, so appear perfect hosts for Michelle Dixey and her teammates, who look set for a crunch showdown with Colchester on March 5.

Div 2SW

Havering v Blueharts (11.30am)

Havering were unemployed last weekend after postponing their top-of-the-table meeting. with Letchworth due to a clash with the National Indoor finals.

But captain Catherine Semon will be looking for them to pick up from where they left off against Welwyn (an 8-1) win as they seek to improve on the 1-1 draw they managed in the return with Blueharts in October.

Essex Division 1

Chelmsford IV v Romford (10am)

Romford hit eight goals past County Wanderers last weekend, with Leah Butcher helping herself to half of them.

And they will be keen to keep that momentum up against hosts who are propping up the table currently, with a minus-29 goal difference.


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