Upminster ensure survival

PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 March 2015

Upminster players celebrate a goal (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster players celebrate a goal (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Final-day win confirms safety

Upminster ensured their survival in East Two South with a closing-day win at Hertford.

The visitors needed a point to avoid the drop and started well, taking the lead through Lyndon Ford as he beat brother and former Upminster member Jared in the home goal.

Steve Wright made it 2-0 from a well-worked short corner routine, but Upminster were put under pressure in the second half.

They scored their third against the run of play as man of the match Ford struck again, but Hertford hit back with 20 minutes remaining.

Defender of the match Nathan Woods and the back five held firm, though, to secure the points and safety.

The seconds went down 6-4 at Redbridge, while the thirds lost 3-1 at home to Wapping and the fourths tasted a 4-1 defeat against Redbridge seconds.

The already-relegated fifth team put up a fight against table-topping Maldon seconds, who needed a big win to ensure their promotion.

Upminster conceded a soft opener in the first minute, with Maldon netting twice more before the interval.

The visitors had only a bare 11 players, but shuffled their line-up and stemmed the tide somewhat.

Man of the match Chris Szpak produced some fine tackles and passes, as Robbie Smith and Joel Munday linked up well.

But they could not make any inroads and Maldon netted twice more to seal a 5-0 win.

Upminster visit Phoenix for their final match tomorrow (Saturday).

n Romford’s women went down 2-0 against Chelmsford thirds in their Essex Premier Division contest.

The men were beaten 4-0 by Old de Ferrians, while the seconds lost 6-2 to Saffron Walden sixths despite goals from Andy Rowe and Jim Venus.

But the thirds battled to a goalless draw with Southend fourths.

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