Holder backs Benterman to flourish

Halstead Town’s Jimmy Holder has backed new manager Mark Benterman to continue the club’s philosophy of developing young players.

Chairman Holder took the decision to step aside before the club’s 3-0 win over Debenham LC on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Jordan Palmer (2) and Tom Barry, with Benterman enjoying a winning start to his reign in charge of the Essex outfit.

Benterman bagged a second successive victory in Tuesday’s game against Stowmarket Town, running out 2-1 winners at Rosemary Lane.

Holder is confident his successor can keep the club heading in the right direction with an emphasis on youth.

“I have been looking to move aside for a while because, long term, it isn’t ideal to hold two positions within the club,” he said.

“Mark is very well qualified to take charge, he is extremely enthusiastic about the role and will bring some new ideas.

“The transition shouldn’t affect us too much because we have the same mindset of bringing through younger players and giving them a chance.

“We have a fantastic young team and they will only keep getting better.”

Tuesday’s game saw Halstead make it tough for themselves after falling behind with only five minutes gone.

Stowmarket made light of the frosty conditions and opened brightly, winning an early corner which Sam Licence headed home.

Halstead eventually organised themselves and equalised on the half hour mark when a James Murray cross was converted by Jordan Palmer for his fifth goal in as many games.

The home side were a different outfit after the break and they put Stowmarket under pressure with many raids down both flanks.

On the hour mark, Halstead brought on Root for Ashley Drew and his strike broke the deadlock.

More corners and goalmouth scrambles followed but the home side were unable to add to their tally despite creating several decent chances.

Halstead make the short trip to Long Melford on Saturday (3pm), whose game at Whitton United last Saturday was one of a number to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, with the Villagers’ now set to travel there on April 23.

n A new look Halstead Reserves found their Saffron Walden counterparts too strong at Catons Lane where the hosts ran out 5-1 winners.