THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Stowmarket Town 1
Halstead Town 4
Halstead Town got back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory at lowly Stowmarket Town.
Jack Cherry was keeping goal again, however, the extra bonus came with manager Jimmy Holder bringing in two more new young faces in full-back Ian Foulger and forward Alex Fuller, both of whom gave a good account of themselves.
The visitors got off to a flyer when Jon Thorogood took a Jon Root pass to run on and fire home with only five minutes gone, and on 12 minutes returned the compliment for Root to increase the lead.
Stowmarket hit back with Yani Duka testing Cherry, but overall the home side were busy keeping Halstead at bay, with keeper Carl Pearson going down well to deny Thorogood from a Josh Palmer lay-off, then James Murray went close.
On 35 minutes the injury bug struck Halstead again, Root picking up a knock to enable Fuller, from Sible Hedingham, to make his debut. This was quickly followed by a fine Pearson save to tip over a Palmer header.
In the last minute of the half, Halstead increased their advantage when defender Lewis Cunliffe was on the spot to fire home in a crowded goalmouth.
Thorogood had an effort ruled out early in the second half, but Halstead were not to be denied a fourth. When Thorogood was impeded, up stepped Murray to fire home the spot-kick for his first senior goal. This was quickly followed by Palmer breaking clear, rounding the keeper only to see Jamie Ross clear off the line.
Both sides brought on substitutes, before Thorogood departed injured with 20 minutes remaining, leaving Halstead with 10 men, but they safely dealt with late home pressure, apart from an innocuous challenge by Tom Barry on Matt Hayden, who safely converted a penalty.
Halstead: Cherry, Foulger (B Walker 68), Raby, Hurkett (Knight 50), Cunliffe, Spriggs, Root (Fuller 38), Barry, Thorogood, Murray, Palmer.