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PUBLISHED: 10:14 10 February 2011

Havering face camera before clash at Colchester

Havering face camera before clash at Colchester


Double-header for Havering

ast Premier A

Saturday: Bishop’s Stortford v Havering

Sunday: Chelmsford v Havering

It’s a double-header weekend for Havering, who are looking to maintain their free-scoring form.

A week on from their best-ever victory at this level – an 8-1 success over Blueharts – Paul Johnson’s men recorded their first-ever top-flight win over Ipswich last weekend.

Havering won 4-2 when Stortford visited Campion earlier in the season and they will travel in confident mood, before the shorter trip to Chelmsford for a rearranged fixture which was initially frozen off in December.

Division 1

Upminster v Ipswich II

After a long unbeaten run, Upminster have now suffered back-to-back defeats and are looking over their shoulders a little bit.

They let a 4-2 lead slip at Waltham Forest to lose 6-4 last weekend, having been beaten by St Ives seven days earlier.

And Nick Payne’s men are only three points off the bottom three as they look for revenge against Ipswich, who beat them 5-4 in Suffolk back in October.

Division 4SE

Upminster III v Romford

It’s derby time at Coopers, as Romford visit struggling Upminster.

A 4-3 win over Old Southendian enabled Romford to open up a little gap in the bottom half of the table and success at their local rivals – who have won just twice in 14 outings – will raise hopes of a top-half finish to the campaign.

Women’s East Division 1S

Southend v Upminster

Having suffered only their second defeat of the season against Waltham Forest last weekend, title-chasing Upminster cannot afford another slip-up.

Southend have won just twice in 15 outings, but are the division’s draw specialists, with eight so far.

Michelle Dixey’s Upminster trail leaders Colchester by three points, but have a game in hand and have to visit their rivals next month in a potential championship decider.

Division 2SW

Havering v Hertford

Unbeaten in 15 games now after their 4-0 success at Phoenix, Havering host a Hertford side they beat 8-1 back in October.

Letchworth are hanging on to Havering at the top of the table, trailing them by five points, but the title is getting closer each week for Catherine Semon and her players.

Essex Division 1

Witham v Romford

Held to a 2-2 draw by Old Loughts 4ths last weekend, Romford will be looking for a win at Witham to keep top-half hopes alive.

Leah Butcher scored twice and Sevim Hodge was also on target in Romford’s 3-2 win over Witham at Robert Clack in October and they would settle for another success, however slender, this weekend.

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