Benterman bemoans missed chances after latest defeats

FORWARD RUN: Halstead Town in action during their 4-3 defeat at Debenham LC on Saturday

FORWARD RUN: Halstead Town in action during their 4-3 defeat at Debenham LC on Saturday

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Halstead Town manager Mark Benterman is hoping his side can start to put away their chances sooner rather than later.

The Humbugs (fifth) — who host March Town United on Saturday (3pm) — slipped to back-to-back defeats in the last week, despite having several chances to win them both.

“We missed chances to finish off the game,” said the Halstead boss about Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Thurlow Nunn League First Division promotion rivals Debenham LC. “You shouldn’t score three goals away from home and lose.

“We went 3-2 up and should have took the chances after that to see the game out.

“Poor defending then let them back into it.”

Halstead are currently five points off the top three, ahead of the visit of seventh-placed March this weekend, with Benterman admitting the injury list at Rosemary Lane is quickly becoming detrimental to their promotion challenge.

“We’ve got 12 players out injured at the moment,” said the Town manager. “We’re hoping to have two or three of them back for Saturday.

“March are up their in the mix, but we will do what we can do to try and get the win.”

The Humbugs — who lost 2-0 at home to AFC Sudbury Reserves in the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Tuesday — have said goodbye to Dan Grindrod, who completed a move to First Division rivals Saffron Walden Town this week.

n In the Premier Division, Hadleigh United look to put their FA Vase disappointment behind them when they return to Premier Division action this weekend.

Stuart Crawford’s side (fourth) host Fakenham Town on Saturday (3pm), still without a full strength squad.

First-choice goalkeeper Ben Nower, midfielder Luke Hammond (both knee) and Liam Scopes (unavailable) all missed the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Great Yarmouth Town.

While the trio of captain Paul Donnelly, Liam Jennings and George Clarke all passed late fitness tests to make the trip to First Division Yarmouth’s Wellesley Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Hadleigh are currently 10 points behind leaders Norwich United ahead of this weekend's fixtures, with their opponents this weekend, Fakenham, having lost at Plantation Park on Tuesday.

n Long Melford returned to the top of the First Division table after a 4-1 home win against Dereham Town Reserves.

Jack Durey (two), Sam Bayliss and Jamie Griffiths netted for Melford, who return to action on December 13.

n Cornard United (18th) return to action with a trip to Leiston Reserves on Saturday (3pm), after their weekend’s clash with Woodbridge Town was postponed.