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Seventh heaven for Havering men after smashing City of Peterborough’s second-team

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 October 2017

A new hockey season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A new hockey season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Great weekend for local club with all three of the men’s teams winning, though only the women’s seconds could follow in their footsteps

Havering men’s first-team were celebrating at the weekend after delivering an excellent display during their 7-2 win at home to City of Peterborough’s seconds.

A tough test was expected against last season’s league winners, who sat second in the Premier B table going into the match.

And COP made a strong start and took the lead early on when Harry Jenkins could only deflect an effort beyond Lee Bennett.

The goal seemed to kick the hosts into gear and they equalised when Liam Appleyard converted a Harry Andrews centre.

It was 2-1 when Jenkins picked out Lewis Smith, who fired in first time, and another effort on the stroke of half time, this time by Adam Lumbers, made it 3-1 at the break.

COP came out firing for the second half and pulled one back, but Paul Dover kept his cool soon after to restore Havering’s two-goal lead before the hosts pulled away from their rivals.

Aaron Cornish scored his first for the club from a penalty corner before Paul Johnson added a sixth from the top of the D.

Cornish completed the scoring by finishing off a good move involving Johnson and Smith to cap a great day for the first-team ahead of their clash with West Herts twos this weekend.

The men’s second-team defeated Chelmsford’s thirds 4-2 with Adam Willett scoring a brace to help down the previously unbeaten side at Campion.

Ryan Adcock and James Diggens were also on target to cap off a bad day for Chelmsford, who didn’t arrive until late due to traffic problems on the A12.

Havering’s third-team made it a clean sweep with a 7-0 thrashing over Saffron Walden’s sixes after four goals from Liam Keeling.

Keeling opened the scoring before adding another after good work by Matthew Kennedy.

Zak Nerurkar made it three when he slipped past two defenders before strking home from the top of the D.

Havering continued to attack after the break with Keeling completing his hat-trick before he assisted Kennedy.

But fittingly, Keeling had the final say on proceedings when he flicked in for his fourth.

The women’s first-team lost 3-1 at Basildon despite taking the lead through Emma Isherwood, but the seconds edged a five-goal thriller at Waltham Forest twos before Havering’s threes went down 2-1 to Old Loughtonians fifth-team.

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