Johnson praises Havering heroes
PUBLISHED: 08:30 28 March 2014
Club clinch promotion on final day
Havering’s Paul Johnson paid tribute to his side after they clinched promotion and a quick return to East Premier B.
A 3-1 final-day victory at Colchester, thanks to goals from Gaz Ingram, Johnson and Stuart Garnell, saw Havering leapfrog rivals Old Southendians – who were beaten 2-0 at Bourne Deeping – to claim the runners-up spot behind Saffron Walden.
And Johnson felt they deserved to go back up, following relegation after a points deduction a year earlier.
He said: “We knew it was going to be massive to get back up, especially with the way we came down.
“We’ve been out of it for a large part of the season, but we never gave up and got our reward in the end.
“We’ve been playing together for a lot of years, but we tried to introudce some youth and struggled a bit early on. There might have been some complacency, where we thought it was going to be easy, but we responded.
“Others would have given up being six points behind with only a few games left but we’ve got great team spirit.
“If we can keep training and working hard, I think we can push on again. We’ve got a good blend of youth and experience.”
Ingram rifled home from a short corner to open the scoring at Colchester, with Johnson deflecting in Alex Jupp’s strike in the second half to make it 2-0.
Garnell tapped in Chris Dunn’s pass after a fine move for the third, before the hosts claimed a late consolation from a corner.
But there was no denying Havering victory in a memorable finale to the campaign.
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