Halstead’s winless form continues

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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Woodbridge Town 4

Halstead Town 2

Halstead Town’s winless run of Thurlow Nunn Division One form extended to three matches following their trip to Woodbridge Town on Saturday.

It was the home side that came out of the blocks quickest and in the opening minutes visiting goalkeeper Luke Banner was called into action to thwart a low shot.

However, despite Woodbridge’s early domination it was Halstead that broke the deadlock in the ninth minute when Ricky Spriggs turned in a corner from Jordan Hutchings.

Mark Benterman’s men were unable to build on their early advantage and found themselves behind as the two sides headed into the break courtesy of goals from Woodbridge’s Jake Green and Mark Ray.

Sam Cripps struck the post shortly after the restart as the away team set about trying to restore parity, but their hopes were dashed when Woodbridge made it 3-1. Banner produced a good save, but moments later he was unable to prevent Callum Sinclair from finding the net.

Halstead went on to cut the deficit in half through Hutchings, who got the better of Harry Lay Fulcher in the Woodbridge goal after he had been picked out by Cripps.

However, any chance that Halstead had of salvaging a share of the spoils were ended in the closing stages when George Watson fired a shot from 30 yards out beyond Banner’s reach.

To make matters worse for the visitors, they were reduced to 10 men soon after when skipper Hutchings was handed a straight red card.

Halstead: Banner, Pleace, Hurkett, Cunliffe, Spriggs, Brown, Elkins, Hutchings, Murray, Cripps, Warren.

Subs: Cook, Holdstock, Farthing.

n On Saturday Halstead will play host to Downham Town at Rosemary Lane (3pm).

The visitors, who sit 16th in Thurlow Nunn Division One, have won just one of their last seven matches.

As for the hosts, a win could lift them as high as fifth.