Clacton II 3 Havering 0
Division 8SEClacton II 3 Havering 0CLACTON hosted Havering in their last game at Vista Road this season, with both teams seeking a win to keep their slim promotion hopes alive.
Clacton II 3 Havering 0
CLACTON hosted Havering in their last game at Vista Road this season, with both teams seeking a win to keep their slim promotion hopes alive.
The game got off to a very scrappy start, both teams lacking composure and failing to find their precision passing in a fast and furious opening period. Havering surged forward without really threatening the Clacton goal and keeper Tom Burridge had little work to do in the first quarter.
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The hosts began to fight back through the energetic running of Russell Measor and the age-defying enthusiasm of Steve Hawes. Danny Clow had a number of chances in the opposition area but failed to convert and, in keeping with the fast pace of the game, Havering surged forward. Clacton's defence stood firm and both teams entered the break with the game scoreless.
Clacton looked more composed and assured in the second half and worked the ball around well. Henry Smith, James Mead and Jim Bush defended patiently and passed the ball well, probing at the Havering midfield and looking for a way through.
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Eventually, Clacton broke the deadlock through Francis Sanderson who latched on to a loose ball in the Havering area and slotted home to give the Seasiders the lead. Havering continued to press and forced man-of-the-match Burridge into a string of saves to ensure Clacton held onto their lead.
Clacton continued their patient approach, looking for an opportunity, and when Danny Clow broke forward, supported by Steve Moriarty, Stuart Perkins was able to unleash a spectacular strike past the ailing Havering keeper.
With only seconds to go, Clow capped a fine performance with a goal of his own, extending the lead to three and securing the win.
Clacton now have secured fourth place in their division and will have to wait to see to whom the league offers promotion. Clacton travel to Chelmsford for their penultimate game next week, looking to finish the season strongly.