Late winner ends Halstead Town’s five-year drought

Whitton United 2 Halstead Town 3

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Whitton United 2

Halstead Town 3

HALSTEAD put in a superb performance to win at Whitton United, their first there in five years, to banish their poor cup showings.

With manager Jimmy Holder mixing things up, the determination to keep their three forwards on the halfway line most of the time threw the proverbial cat among Whitton’s pigeons.

From the opening whistle, Town scared Whitton on both flanks and when Danny Sakal fired a delightful rocket from 30 yards, it was always going Halstead’s way.

They also rode their luck at the back and the hosts got a deserved equaliser on 22 minutes through Chris Williams.

Ten minutes later, however, Ryan Crush got a wonderful poacher’s goal to restore order.

For the next 50 minutes of the game, it was end-to-end, but Whitton levelled things up finally on 82 minutes when Kris Nita was presented with a gift.

But when Sakal was upended on the edge of the Whitton box, it produced a moment of sheer magic as Reis Farley-Hearn fired a majestic shot passed a static Whitton keeper.

Halstead: Walker, Drew, Raby, Sakal, Palmer, Farthing, Hutchings (Storry 88), Hurkett (Riches 76), Root, Hearn, Crush (Willis 78). Unused sub: Stanley.

n Back at the Rosemary Lane, the reserves took on Whitton Reserves and it was Steve Coote’s goal that salvaged a 2-2 draw. They take on Woodbridge on Saturday.