Glut of chances go begging as Halstead stutter at home

HEADS UP: Halstead Town youngster Llewelyn Evans wins an aerial challenge during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Team Bury, a game which saw the youngster give the Humbugs the lead in the second half before the visitors equalised
HEADS UP: Halstead Town youngster Llewelyn Evans wins an aerial challenge during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Team Bury, a game which saw the youngster give the Humbugs the lead in the second half before the visitors equalised

THURLOW NUNN

LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Halstead Town 1

Team Bury 1

Halstead dropped points for the third consecutive match on Saturday after failing to 
defeat an inferior and 
weakened Team Bury side.

Chances were restricted in the first half as both sides enjoyed spells of possession but delivered no end product.

Halstead had most of their joy, coming from the right flank, however, Bury’s defensive held firm.

The first chance opened up for Jordan Hutchings where the goal gaped open for him, but he curled his effort just over before he could compose himself.

At the other end, Sam Peters’ free-kick was saved by the fingertips of Matt Walker to deny the away side.

Moments later Tom Cook’s effort stung the palms of the away side’s goalkeeper.

The biggest chance of the half fell to Bury’s Jody Scowcroft, as a poor clearance from Walker fell to the vistors’ striker who failed to capitalise; firing straight at the goalkeeper.

After a lacklustre first half, the Humbugs restarted brightly with an early goal. Bury failed to clear their lines and were punished by youngster Llewelyn Evans, who smashed home to put the home side in front.

Halstead did not have time to become complacent though as the away side responded almost immediately. Peters’ free-kick took a wicked deflection off the wall and, even though the initial effort was excellently saved, Dan Hammett followed in to equalise.

After that action-packed spell, both sides quickly became guilty of missing a glut of chances.

Bury squared the ball across the goal for the ever-involved Peters who could not quite get enough on his effort to divert it in before Hammett’s long-range effort was beaten away by Walker.

Halstead also should have put the game to bed as Hutchings found himself free in the area, but he was denied by a fantastic reflex save by Craig Brand.

Following this Dave Morgan’s half volley just went wide where he should have hit the target on a frustrating afternoon for the Humbugs at Rosemary Lane.

Halstead: Walker, Baptiste, Miller, Morgan, Laird, Chesney (Snaith), Evans, Gunn (Keefe), Gosling, Hutchings, Cooke

Bury: Brand, Yallop, Harrockes, Kawaguchi, Lebbon, Peters, Collins, Boulter, McGavin, Scowcroft, Hammett.

nHalstead’s winless run stretched to five matches after a 2-1 defeat at promotion-chasing Saffron Walden Town on Tuesday night.

Mark Benterman’s side (ninth) visit King’s Lynn Town Reserves (seventh) on Saturday (3pm), hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins over the league new boys this season.