THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Halstead Town 3
Debenham LC 2
Halstead Town came out on top of a five-goal thriller with visiting Debenham LC in the First Division to secure a narrow 3-2 victory on Saturday.
In what proved an even opening to proceedings, the home side broke the deadlock as James Regan found himself in the right spot at the right time to fire home from inside Debenham’s area.
The home side then thought they had doubled their advantage midway through the half, but Hutching’s diving header was ruled out for offside.
And they were made to rue the decision further after 40 minutes as the visitors got themselves level.
A lapse in the Town defence allowed the Debenham forward the opportunity to steal in and fire home.
However, they were not to go in level at the interval as Halstead responded immediately to regain the lead moments before the break.
Hutching saw a rasping effort superbly tipped over the bar, but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do from the resulting corner as James Murray rose highest to direct his header into the bottom corner.
That Halstead momentum carried over into the early stages of the second half, but the hosts found themselves thwarted by the Debenham LC goalkeeper, who denied both Hutching and Holdstock brilliantly.
And his efforts were rewarded at the other end of the pitch shortly after as the Hornets got themselves level for a second time in the match with an unstoppable 25-yard effort which left Banner with no chance.
The goal appeared to galvanise the visitors who proceeded to dominate proceedings for a 10 minute spell following the goal.
However, despite the mounting pressure, Halstead managed to hold firm, with a combination of resolute defending and steady goalkeeping keeping them at bay.
At the other end, Halstead were then gifted with a golden opportunity as Holdstock was hauled down inside the area and a penalty was awarded.
Morgan took responsibilty, but was denied by yet more heroics from the Debenham goalkeeper, who saved the spot kick with his legs.
However, that was not the end of the drama, as with just three minutes remaining Lewis Cuncliffe got on the end of another corner to power home the winner to snatch all three points for Halstead.