Farley-Hearn at the double as Halstead score four



Halstead Town 4

Downham Town 1

Halstead Town were far too strong for Downham Town with Reis Farley-Hearn bagging a brace in this success.

After only eight minutes, Ellis Carter put through Farley-Hearn on goal and he chipped the keeper.

Two minutes later, Farley-Hearn glanced his header wide from a corner and it looked like this could be a rout for the visitors, but it wasn’t.

Downham showed a lot of guile and took the game back to their hosts. Matt Calvert headed inches over on 23 minutes, Matt Dye drove a venomous shot over just 10 minutes later, followed by Craig Dickson just after that.

All it did, however, was stir Halstead into action. They had a goal disallowed, Carter shot close, Farley-Hearn had a header cleared off the line and Carter had another goal disallowed for offside.

Just after the break, Halstead did get their second when Jon Root was pulled down in the box and Farley-Hearn converted.

The visitors got a deserved breakthrough when a mix-up in defence allowed Calvert to cruise through defender and keeper and fire into an empty net.

For a while, the game could have gone either way until Danny Sakal put Jonny Thorogood free to chip over the keeper on 86 minutes and, soon after, James Murray set Jon Root through to wrap up the game in style.

Halstead: Walker, Raby, Smith (Palmer 60), Sakal, Cunliffe, Farthing, Root, Thorogood, Hearn (Appleby 85), Murray, Carter. Not used: Stanley, Willis.

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