Halstead Town 7 Cornard United 0
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Halstead Town 7
Cornard United 0
CORNARD United were found wanting as Halstead Town played with aplomb and slayed their neighbours, although had the visitors taken any of their three chances throughout the game, they may have made a match of it.
After only a few minutes, Jon Root could have had a hat-trick were it not for the brilliance of Cornard keeper Glenn Morrison.
But the inevitable happened on 10 minutes.
An inspired James Raby picked up the ball on the left and crossed deliciously on to the head of Reis Farley-Hearn for the first.
The floodgates opened and, apart from one attack from Cornard’s Dan Hunt that brought a fine save out of Matt Walker, it was all one-way traffic.
Halstead were moving the ball majestically about the pitch with sublime one-touch football and it was this style of play that brought them their second.
Lee Hurkett had a one-two with Dan Sakal and then laid the ball out to Jordan Hutchings, who crossed with supreme accuracy for Nico Farthing to head home.
Hearn got the third after a Hurkett shot was deflected and Jordan Palmer ghosted in superbly from an Ellis Carter cross to put the hosts up 4-0 at half-time.
The second half was business as usual, but it still took another 30 minutes for Halstead to break down a gritty Cornard defence.
The visitors showed their frustration at always being a yard off the pace — they picked up three bookings in the first half alone and it did not help when they had Aaron Holden sent off for dissent on 78 minutes.
Sakal score a sneaky fifth straight after, amidst a crowded box.
On 84 minutes, Hearn got his well-deserved third from the penalty spot and Town’s sixth.
Cameron Storrie came on five minutes from time and he announced himself a minute later when he outmuscled a Cornard defender in the box and slipped a gem home past the advancing Morrison.
This secured Town’s biggest win for three years and is a great way to go up to Debenham on Saturday (3pm).
They also tackle Great Wakering away in the Essex Senior Cup the following Tuesday (7.45pm).
Halstead: Walker, Raby, Palmer, Hurkett (Drew 75), Cunliffe, Farthing, Hutchings, Sakal, Root (Storrie 85), Hearn, Carter (Crush 60). Subs not used: Murray, Davies.
Cornard: Morrison, Melia, Beckett (Woods 78), Whitehead (Childs 58), Wamner, Newcombe, Pannel (Smith 78), Holden (sent off), Butcher, Whitehall, Hunt. Subs not used: Finch.
n The reserves also showed that they have turned a corner this year and got a hard-earned 2-2 draw up at Diss thanks to goals from Reggie Appleby and Steven Coote.
They host Felixstowe and Walton United on Saturday (3pm) and then go to Long Melford on Tuesday (7.45pm).