THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Newmarket Town 3
Halstead Town 0
From the moment Halstead arrived with an injury-hit side in rain-drenched Newmarket, things started to go wrong.
James Murray was injured in the warm-up and things looked hard on keeper Matt Walker who was already nursing an injury, but as soon as the game got under way, it got worse.
After only two minutes, a poor back pass allowed Aaron Maskell to drive the ball past keeper Walker. Four minutes later Walker couldn’t hold onto a vicious shot, and Paul Betson pounced to lift the rebound over the keeper who was struggling to find his feet in the mud: clearly injured and struggling, Walker was substituted.
Newmarket could and should have had more, but somehow, Halstead grew in stature and started to work hard in midfield – but they never looked like getting far up front.
Another poor back pass and mix–up in defence allowed a gift of a third for Owen Painter just after the break, after which the game somewhat stagnated.
Credit, however, to Halstead, who got stronger and had a few attempts on goal, but the hosts’ defence never really looked like being breached.
Even worse, Halstead picked up further injuries and knocks as the game went on, which certainly does not bode well for their visit to Saffron Walden on Saturday. The reserves will entertain Walden at home on the same day.
Halstead: Walker (Blackmore 20), Stanley, Hurkett, Raby, Cunliffe, Farthing, Appleby (Palmer 72), Hutchings, Root, Barry, Willis (Storrie 80). Unused sub: Benterman.