THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Stowmarket Town 0
Halstead Town 6
Halstead Town rewrote their record book with this biggest-ever win at Greens Meadow over Stowmarket Town on Saturday.
Ellis Carter led the charge with a stunning hat-trick, while Andy Joslin conducted his side’s play in fine style, as the hosts were simply outplayed.
It was an unusual affair, with a blank first half littered with errors by both sides and barely a shot worth the name at either end.
Another unusual fact was that five of the goals came from wingers, although the margin might well have been double figures such was run of play after the changeover.
There was nothing between the sides in the first half, despite Stow making a lively start.
Paris Tuwizana proved a tricky customer and keeper Jack Cherry pulled off a good save to deny Keiran Joseph, who took advantage of a rebound off the referee.
Neither side could come up with a clear-cut opening until, just three minutes after the break, Halstead defender Lewis Cunliffe, back from injury, put Jordan Hutchings in the clear and he gave keeper Dave Goldie no chance.
Five minutes later, Ellis Carter hit the first of his treble, latching on to Gareth Thomas’ pass to fire home in style.
His second came when he outsmarted keeper Goldie to tap into an empty net, and his hat-trick was completed from the spot after James Murray was brought down.
Halstead ripped through the home defence almost at will, although credit must go to Stowmarket’s Joseph, whose tricky footwork was a feature of the game.
On 80 minutes Jordan Palmer entered the fray and seconds later was on the score-sheet from Nick Miller’s lay off.
Two minutes from the end, Tom Cook left two defenders in his wake to smash home the sixth past the stranded Goldie.
Halstead Town: Cherry, Foulger, Regan, Thomas, Cunliffe (Palmer 80m), Baptiste, Hutchings (Cook 63m), Joslin, Root (Miller 66m), Murray, Carter. Subs (not used): Drew, Barry.