THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Halstead Town 1
Saffron Walden 0
Halstead can be a real pain at times, but when they fuse like they did in this match on Saturday, with passion and determination, they are a joy to watch.
Saffron Walden looked classy throughout the game and when their charismatic Dean Nelson rattled the post on 16 minutes and continued to rip apart the left side of Town’s defence throughout the game, supporters would be forgiven for fearing the worst.
Halstead were far the better side and while Nelson was doing his thing, so was Ellis Carter as he terrorised the Walden defence.
Town went in front through a penalty, which lionheart Lee Hurkett dispatched with confidence on 32 minutes and Walden never really recovered from the shock.
The rest of the match became a battle of attrition as both sides dug in, but there was only going to be one winner.
Town were venomous and brutal, with Hurkett, James Murray and Danny Sakal dominating the midfield.
Saffron Walden had a golden moment, threatening Town’s goal with a series of corners late on in the game, but Lewis Cunliffe and Nico Farthing were having none of this as they finally put Nelson out to pasture and eliminated the threat.
Jimmy Holder threw Reis Farley-Hearn and Jordan Palmer into the mix up front and they made their opposition look ordinary and should have had a gala of goals at the end.
When the whistle went for full-time, the screams of delight from the Halstead team proved the blood and guts they have coursing through their veins right now and there is no better team to watch when they are in this mood.
They go up to Great Yarmouth Town for a tricky encounter on Saturday (3pm).
Halstead: Walker, Hutchings, Raby, Hurkett, Cunliffe, Farthing, Crush, Sakal, Root, Murray, Carter, Hearn, Palmer, Thorogood, Storrie.
n Halstead Town’s Red Insure League Cup tie at home to rivals Haverhill Rovers on Tuesday night was postponed because of a broken crossbar.
Manager Jimmy Holder said: “There was a crack in the bar and the referee didn’t think anything could be done in time.”