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Romford women combine for impressive win double to maintain good league form

PUBLISHED: 14:30 02 November 2018

Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018

Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018

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Romford’s women combined for a win double in the Essex League last weekend.

Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018

The first team ran out 4-1 winners over Wapping’s sixth team in Division Two, with Leah Butcher bagging a brace.

Emma James and captain Lorraine Farnham were also on target for Romford, who are now unbeaten in five matches this season and travel to table-topping Thurrock seconds this weekend.

Romford’s second string were also celebrating after enjoying some derby success over Upminster fifths in Division Five at Coopers.

Femi Olofinjana and Hannah Chester netted the goals in a 2-0 victory against the previously unbeaten leaders, with a home game against Old Southendian thirds up next.

Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018

The men’s first team were made to pay for a slow start by East London fourths, conceding three times in the first half of their East Four South East contest.

Dave Butcher, Tom Woodman and Dan Reilly impressed during an improved second-half display, but Romford could not make any inroads as the scoreline remained unchanged.

Woodman took the man of the match vote for a fourth time this season, sharing the honour with Reilly, with Romford away to Chelmsford thirds on Saturday.

The seconds were 5-0 winners at Old Southendian fifths in Division Eight, following their humbling defeat at the hands of Brentwood a week earlier.

Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018

Trevor Walton scored a hat trick to take his tally for the season to seven goals, with Jim Venus and Gary Venus adding to the scoresheet.

And with a solid back line, with the returning captain Nick Curtis and Julian Smith supported by goalkeeper Phill Barlow, who only touched the ball four times in the whole game, Romford commanded in the right areas.

Mike Walton stepped into midfield and deserved his man of match vote, combining well with Gary Venus, with Jim Venus and Rob Smith working hard up front in a routine and enjoyable triumph.

This weekend sees Romford host Tower Hamlets in a top of the table clash at Bower Park Academy.

Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018Upminster HC Ladies 5th XI vs Romford HC Ladies 2nd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at the Coopers Company and Coborn School on 27th October 2018

The thirds were also toasting a big win after beating Waltham Forest Otters by a 6-2 margin.

Dan Reilly and Neal Carter helped themselves to two goals apiece, with Donal Simmie and Raynan Koonan also on target.

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