Clacton 6 Havering III 0

NE14Hockey Men's East League

Division Four South East

Clacton 6 Havering III 0

CLACTON made it seven straight wins with a dominant display against bottom side Havering.

The Seasiders took a while to get going with the visitors creating the early openings, but unable to breach the Clacton defence with Steve Key making a couple of early saves.


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The Clacton defence kept their fourth clean sheet of the season with Adam Smith organising his defensive line of Colin Hook, Casper Khan, and Johnny Hambrook. In midfield James Mead, Carl Parkes and Jamie Roberts matched their opponents leaving Denzil Donovan, Ryan Nippress, and Russell Measor to work the flanks. Up front the ever threatening Sam Hodge and Rik Coleman were well supported by Paul Thorpe.

Clacton broke the deadlock when Parkes drifted around the defence, and keeper, only to see the post again deny him his first of the season. Hodge was on his toes again to pick-up the pieces and slot home for 1-0. Moments later Hodge doubled the lead after some great wing play by Measor and Roberts delivered Hodge the ball in space to nip passed the defenders and neatly slot the ball passed the keeper.

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Clacton rounded off the first half scoring with Parkes ghosting round the left before finding Thorpe in space to neatly send the ball into the net with a reverse stick strike for 3-0.

The second half saw Hambrook pushing on from right back working well with man of the match Measor feeding Hodge to set him away on some trade mark mazy runs. Hodge made good use of the ball finding Thorpe who saw his shot saved and Nippress on hand to pick up the pieces to smash home the fourth and his first goal for Clacton first team.

With the visitors pushing players on the Seasiders found more space up front and when Smith thwarted a rare attack, he laid in Donovan who sprayed the ball to the opposite wing where Hodge sped at the defence before laying in Parkes in the middle of the goal who drew the keeper before slotting in Coleman for 5-0 and a great flowing team goal.

It was Coleman that finished off the scoring after Donovan had sucked in the defenders leaving Coleman with just the keeper to beat, which he did in his usual clinical self for 6-0 and his twelfth in six games.

Next week Clacton travel to Upminster before two home games on the bounce.

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