Upminster survive in last-day drama

PUBLISHED: 08:31 29 March 2011

Hard-hitting hockey action (TGS)

Hard-hitting hockey action (TGS)

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Havering women wait for title

Upminster avoided relegation from hockey’s East League Division One after a dramatic final day to the season.

Nick Payne’s men won their last match of the 2010/11 campaign 3-0 at already relegated Bury.

And victory proved vital as it kept Upminster clear of the drop zone as relegation rivals Broxbourne and Old Southendians, who could not escape the bottom four, also won.

Harry Trusler opened the scoring in Suffolk with a drag flick in the first half, then followed up to net a second after Steve Wright’s effort was blocked.

Russell Murphy slotted home the third at the back post to ensure a happy trip home for Upminster.

Havering’s women eased to a 7-2 victory over Stevenage in East Division Two South West, but still need a point to be sure of the title as rivals Letchworth also triumphed.

Catherine Semon’s side should clinch the championship against Waltham Forest at Campion this coming weekend.

Upminster’s women saw their promotion hopes ended by Division One leaders St Albans, who won 3-1 at Coopers.

But Havering’s men ended the Premier A campaign on a high with a 2-1 win at second-placed Bedford.

Romford’s men finished the Division Four campaign in seventh place after a closing 2-1 win at Wapping 4ths, thanks to goals from Alfie Hibbard and Ben James.

But the women ended the Essex Division One season inside the bottom three, despite a 2-2 draw with Redbridge in their final outing.

Emma James and Christine Tomlinson were their scorers.

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