Both of Haverhill’s hockey teams are in urgent need of a win to avoid relegation, with the first XI in the drop zone and Haverhill II facing a play off.
Haverhill are four points adrift of third-from-bottom Stevenage in the East Women’s League Divison Two SW, though their goal difference is minus 45 compared to their opponents minus 38.
Relegation rivals Hertford pulled clear of Haverhill by completing the double over them, leaving Tina Bunch’s side above only the abysmal Crostyx II who have lost all 17 of their games, scoring a paltry five goals and conceding 103.
With a game against Crostyx II to come, Haverhill will still need to beat another opponent to make up the deficit and beat the drop.
In their last game Haverhill crashed to a 5-0 defeat at home by Royston on Saturday (February 16) while sorely missing a number of key players.
They next play mid-table Potters Bar on March 3 (2.30pm start), and with five games remaining know that they will have to chalk up a win against one of the mid table sides in addition to beating rock bottom Crostyx II on March 9 to rekindle their slim hopes of survival.
“We lost 6-4 in Potters Bar so gave them a decent game and now are quite optimistic that bwe can get a result against them at home,” said Bunch.
”We have to be looking at getting a result against the mid table teams – (league leaders) St Albans III away (March 10) will be tough, so that leaves us with Potters Bar (3), Letchworth away (16) and Blueharts away (23) – we need a win from those three and don’t really want to be leaving it to the last day of the seaso, so the next game will be crucial.”
Mandy Williamson will be absent for the next game, though Elaine Ward– who will be increasingly occupied with umpiring – should be available.
Haverhill II meanwhile are third from bottom of the Suffolk Premier League – although not automatically relegated if finishing there, they would face a play off against the second team in Division One – currently Sudbury II.
They allowed Framlingham II to get within two points of them with a goal difference only two worse off following their 4-0 defeat on Saturday (February 16).
They next play at fourth placed Ipswich IV on March 3 (10am).
Failure for them to pull away from the bottom three could them drop into Division One if they fail to win the play off of finish in the bottom two.
If they stay up, they may be playing in the same division as the first XI next season.
For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (February 28) Echo.