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PUBLISHED: 15:38 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:47 02 July 2010

ALEXA MARSTON S goal was enough to secure the win which clinched promotion for Upminster s women at Coopers. Despite being without top scorer Vicky Wyatt, Upminster controlled play against Wapping 2nds to the extent that goalie Susie Beck was called upon

ALEXA MARSTON'S goal was enough to secure the win which clinched promotion for Upminster's women at Coopers.

Despite being without top scorer Vicky Wyatt, Upminster controlled play against Wapping 2nds to the extent that goalie Susie Beck was called upon only once.

Jemma O'Reilly, Lynne Kelly and Natalie Emes worked well in the home defence, as Jade Herbert and Claire Boyling combined to good effect on the left side.

Captain Michelle Dixey and Emma Thompson dominated the midfield exchanges, but the hosts were frustrated by the Wapping keeper at a series of short corners as the first half ended goalless.

Dixey saw her shot skim a post after linking up well with Annabel Davies and Lucy Costello fired into the goalie's pads twice.

Claire Dixey's tenacious work on the left kept the visitors on the back foot and Upminster eventually got the breakthrough midway through the half when Marston, called up from the 2nd XI, followed up to score after an original shot from Davies.

Upminster held on comfortably for victory in the closing stages, as Claire and Michelle Dixey shared the player of the match award and Becky Harris took the defender of the match prize.

A youthful 2nd XI ended their Essex Division One campaign in fourth place after losing their final match at Essex University.

Without the services of their leading scorer and player of the year Alexa Marston, due to her call-up to the first team, Upminster trailed 3-1 at half-time.

Tina Harris was on target for the visitors and Alex Cadman - who usually plays in goal - scrambled home a second from close range after the restart, but the students struck from the penalty spot on their way to a 5-2 win.

Beth Langston and Aimee Daltry shared the team's defender of the year award.

The 3rds fell to a 7-1 defeat against Colne in Essex Two, but the 4ths beat Essex University 2nds to end on a high.

Ainsley Plews netted two goals and Annie Milroy the other in a 3-0 win as Hannah King took the player of the match award.

The men's 2nd XI won 6-2 at Phoenix to ensure East Division Three survival.

Victory saw Upminster leapfrog rivals Havering, who were relegated instead, and Essex University.

*ROMFORD'S women fell to a 4-0 defeat against Wapping 4ths in Essex One and finish their campaign with a home game against Old Loughts tomorrow week (April 10).

The men's 3rd XI crashed to a 6-1 defeat against East London 4ths in their final Division Nine outing, where Sean Carey netted Romford's consolation.


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