Halstead are haunted by early defensive frailties

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Ipswich Wanderers 3

Halstead Town 1

Halstead Town’s inability to defend in the first 10 minutes of a game reared its ugly head once more away at Ipswich Wanderers, even though they were fielding some new faces in their line-up.

From an early corner on four minutes, they capitulated easily through a James Horsfall header and no sooner than the dust had settled, Town were 2-0 down, again from a corner as an unmarked James Heathcote fired home from close range.

Full of confidence, Ipswich poured forward and, midway through the half, it was yet another corner that led to defender Horsfall again being in the right place to make it three for the hosts.

Halstead at last hit back and keeper Jamie Stannard pulled off a fine save to deny Lee Hurkett, but he was booked for a foul soon after.

After the break, Town brought on Carter and Palmer but before they could really make their presence felt, Halstead were down to 10 men when Hurkett was red-carded for a second foul.

Nevertheless, they began to get back in the game and Carter was inches wide with a cross.

He made sure on 68 minutes when he fired home a free-kick that left Stannard completely beaten, but further Halstead pressure failed to produce any more goals, despite a fine second-half fightback.

Halstead: Athey, K. Smith, Raby (booked), Hurkett, Cunliffe, Spriggs, Hutchins (Palmer), Webb (Carter), Root (Thurgood), Murray, Flatts. Unused subs: L Smith, Barry.

n The reserves fared no better against Wanderers, going down 2-0 at home.

They travel up to Newmarket on Saturday.