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PUBLISHED: 14:45 03 February 2011 | UPDATED: 15:54 04 February 2011

Upminster players discuss tactics (TGS)

Upminster players discuss tactics (TGS)

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Havering look for momentum

East Premier A

Havering v Ipswich

After celebrating their first win since mid-November last weekend, Havering will look to build momentum at Campion.

Basement boys Blueharts were put to the sword by Paul Johnson’s men, who romped to an 8-1 win, and Havering have games in hand on the four teams above them in the table.

Ipswich have the same amount of points (19) but an inferior goal difference, yet honours finished even when the two sides met in Suffolk in October so Havering will have to be ready.

Division 1

Waltham Forest v Upminster

Beaten for the first time in nine matches by St Ives last weekend, Upminster need to return to winning ways if they are to maintain faint promotion hopes.

Nick Payne’s side dropped to seventh as a result of their 3-2 loss at Coopers, but in a congested division, they could quickly move back up towards the leading places.

They will not need reminding, though, that Forest came out on top by the odd goal in seven when the two sides met earlier this season.

Division 4SE

Romford v Old Southendian

Held to a 3-3 draw by bottom club Southend last weekend, Romford will look for better against their neighbours at Robert Clack.

Southendians won 4-0 when the two sides met earlier in the campaign, but find themselves one point behind Romford with a third of the season remaining.

Romford need to start picking up more wins to avoid having to cast nervous glances over their shoulder towards the relegation places.

Women’s East Division 1S

Upminster v Waltham Forest

Held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Tunbridge Wells last weekend, Michelle Dixey’s Upminster remain on the heels of leaders Colchester, who also drew 2-2, at St Albans.

Level on points at the top, but with a game in hand, the hosts will look to see off mid-table Forest to keep their hopes alive heading towards a potential title decider at Colchester next month.

But their previous meeting in east London ended in a 3-3 draw in October so nothing can be taken for granted.

Division 2SW

Phoenix v Havering

Still unbeaten, after 14 games of the season, Havering enjoy a five-point lead at the top of the table following their 3-1 win over Blueharts.

Inconsistent Phoenix have won five, drawn five and lost five so far this term, but put up a fight in their 2-0 defeat at Campion in the return fixture.

Havering possess the dangerous Amy Chrisp, though, who missed that previous meeting, but netted a hat-trick last weekend to keep her fine scoring record going.

Essex Division 1

Romford v Old Loughts IV

Held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Chelmsford 4ths last weekend, Romford will hope for better as Loughts visit Robert Clack.

Four places and four points separate the two sides, but Romford will look to widen that gap and cling on to the top five, instead of being dragged towards the bottom three.

Leah Butcher netted twice and Emma James was also on target as Romford won 3-1 away, so the omens are good.

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