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Tense finale for Havering hopefuls

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 March 2014

Havering upset Essex Premier Division leaders Redbridge in their last outing (pic: Graham Hodges)

Havering upset Essex Premier Division leaders Redbridge in their last outing (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Men and women keep promotion dreams alive

Havering’s men and women are set for tense final days of the season, with promotion on the line.

The men beat West Herts seconds by a 5-1 margin in their last home match of the East Division One campaign and head to Colchester tomorrow (Saturday) needing another win and rivals Old Southendians to slip up.

The women upset Essex Premier table-toppers Redbridge on their own patch with a 3-1 win and need to beat Maldon at Campion, while hoping the leaders draw or lost against Wapping.

Havering’s men fell behind against West Herts, against the run of play, when a mix-up allowed a forward through to beat Joe cole.

But Chris Dunn levelled before the break, deflecting the ball last an unsuspecting keeper from the top of the D.

The home side looked more threatening after the break as Connor Poulain caused problems on the right.

Alastair Lewis combined with Paul Johnson to tee up Dunn for his second and a fine move involving Dunn, Marcus Hall and Harry Andrews saw Poulain make it 3-1.

Another good move set up Stuart Garnell for a shot which was saved, but Andrews converted the rebound on the reverse.

Dunn wasted two chances to complete his hat-trick before Johnson deflected in Alex Jupp’s pass at a corner to round things off, before news of Old Southendians home defeat against Colchester came through.

Havering’s women knew only a win at Redbridge would keep their promotion hopes alive and Alex Semon saw an early shot go wide.

Sue Harwood, Steph Prowse, Hollie Dawkins and Wendy Schofield held firm in midfield and Amelia Acreman opened the scoring with a fine shot on the turn from Catherine Semon’s cross.

Tamara Bailey denied Redbridge a reply either side of the break before Nicola Earl found Emma Isherwood in the D and she clipped it home for the second.

The pair combined again soon after to make it 3-0 before the hosts grabbed a consolation, but Harwood had a late effort ruled out as Havering closed the gap at the top to a single point.

The seconds slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Upminster thirds, despite some good saves from Gemma Shepherd.

Chris Noller, Kirsty Whatley, Laura Griffin and Monica Dubb combined well in the second half, while Nicki Cast went close to a reply, as the scoreline remained unchanged.

Steph Dawe and Sara Gray were on target as the fourths lost 5-2 against Oakway, with Phoebe Bonnet the player of the match.


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