Poor finishing costs Halstead

RIDGEONS LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Downham Town 2 Halstead Town 0

HALSTEAD went down to league defeat of the season at Downham with profligacy in front of goal proving their downfall.

It was to be such a disappointing game for Halstead- and it didn’t help that Adam Smith had to be carried off with ligament damage early in the first half, but the real story unfolded up front.

Barring a header against the bar from the host’s Craig Dickson, the game should have been out of sight in the first half.

The amount of times Ryan Crush was through and then dragged his shot wide with only the keeper to beat you just couldn’t keep up with. But it wasn’t just him, Danny Sakal, Reis Hearn and Jordan Hutchings couldn’t seem to find the target either.

And they were inevitably stung in the second half. Downham sensed this could be revenge for their defeat on the opening day of the season and when they brought on Stewart Dickson, they went for the throat.

On 52 minutes, Matt Calvet picked up a deflected cross from Luke Plumb for an easy tap-in and then nine minutes later, Dickson picked up a fantastic cross from Lewis Hewitt, all of 30 yards, rose majestically between the Halstead defenders to head a superb header home for 2-0.

Halstead did wake up and peppered the Downham goal, but to no avail. The hosts played classy hit-and-run tactics on just two occasions and it was all they needed to beat a great side who were simply firing blanks on this occasion.

Halstead travel up to Ipswich to face Wanderers next week.

<n>The reserves took a bit of a beating, going down 4-0 at home to Stanway. They entertain Melford at home on Saturday.

Halstead: Walker, A Smith (Cunliffe 25), Newnes, J Smith, Farthing, Palmer, Crush, Sakal, Hearn, Raby, Hutchings. Subs not used: Lodge, Thurgood.