Halstead Town 4 Brightlingsea Regent 0
HALSTEAD treated their highest gate of the season to a festive treat by stuffing Brightlingsea Regent in an emphatic 4-0 victory.
Brightlingsea started strongly and looked most likely to open the scoring, mainly through lively striker Terry Rymer, but he found Town’s keeper Matt Walker in typically hot form – as did Reis Farley-Hearn up the other end with keeper Sam Mansfield.
It all seemed a bit of a Christmas hangover in the first half.
But barely had the second half began, when Kevin Hughes put through his own goal to give Town the lead.
Walker was constantly denying Rymer, whilst Chris Rayner and Lewis Cunliffe played as if their life depended on it. They were awesome in denying the visitors with rugged defending, which allowed the rest of the team to wake up and smell the coffee.
The game changed when Jordan Palmer was hauled down in the box on 81 minutes and Hearn converted the penalty.
Then Halstead simply ripped Brightlingsea apart.
From a corner, Cunliffe rose like a majestic condor among the visitors’ defence to head home number three on 87 minutes and just before time, Palmer slipped the ball beautifully to Ryan Crush who slipped his defender and as cool as you like, slid the ball past a stranded Mansfield to give Town a rather flattering win at the death.
They head up to Cornard on Tuesday, January 3.
Halstead: Walker, Keating, Newnes, Palmer, Rayner, Cunliffe, Hutchings (Lodge 84), Sakal, Crush, Hearn (Willis 84), Raby. Unused sub: Athey.