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PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 March 2011

Action from Thurrock 3rd XI vs Upminster 5th XI (TGS)

Action from Thurrock 3rd XI vs Upminster 5th XI (TGS)

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Men face final-day drama

East Premier A

Bedford Town v Havering (4pm)

Home defeat at the hands of Chelmsford last weekend leaves Havering in fifth place, going into their final match of the season.

Paul Johnson’s men could still climb above Cambridge University, but visit a Bedford side looking to cement their own position as runners-up behind Peterborough, who clinched the title long ago and will compete in the National League in 2011/12.

Havering lost by the odd goal in five when these two sides met at Campion in December, but have proven a match for most during the campaign and will look to end on a high.

East Division 1

Bury v Upminster (1.30pm)

Nothing but a win will do for Upminster at lowly Bury as they look to avoid joining their hosts in the division below next season.

But a victory still might not be enough for Nick Payne’s men, who face an anxious wait to learn how many teams will be demoted this summer.

A league statement read: “We will be adding a new team to one of the higher divisions so an additional relegation may occur in Divs 1 or 2.”

A win in Suffolk would keep Upminster out of the bottom four, but will it be enough?

East Division 4SE

WappingIV v Romford (4pm)

Table-topping Colchester were made to fight for a 5-4 win at Robert Clack last weekend.

But defeat leaves Romford just a point above Witham and Old Southendians in the battle to avoid the bottom four.

James Hibbard’s men have the easier final game on paper – their rivals visit Havering and Colchester, respectively – but crashed to an 8-0 defeat in their home meeting with Wapping in early December.

Women’s East Division 1S

Upminster v St Albans (2.30pm)

The top three positions are still to be decided, after Upminster’s 3-1 win at Blackheath last weekend.

Michelle Dixey’s side welcome the leaders to Coopers and will be looking to set the record straight after a 2-0 defeat in the away fixture.

A second successive promotion might be too much to expect for the young Upminster side, but they have come this far and it would be great to see the title and promotion race go down to the wire.

Division 2SW

Havering v Stevenage (12.30pm)

Victory over lowly Stevenage will clinch the title for Havering at Campion.

Promotion has already been secured, on the back of a 19-game unbeaten streak, but last weekend’s defeat at Wapping has given nearest rivals Letchworth faint hope of taking over at the top.

Havering have a two-point lead going into the penultimate round of matches and should settle the matter once and for all back on home turf.

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