Town dig deep for win



Halstead Town 2 Stowmarket Town 1

Halstead duly completed the double over lowly Stowmarket on Tuesday night but made hard work of it after falling behind to the visitors with only five minutes gone.

A severely frosted strip in front of the stand necessitated the Rosemary Lane pitch being marked out two yards narrower each side.

Stowmarket made light of these conditions and opened brightly, winning an early corner which Sam Licence headed powerfully home with little challenge from the home defence.

The home side made hard work of getting back in the game with a series of misplaced passes while the visitors seemed to grow in confidence.

Eventually Halstead organised themselves and on the half-hour mark got back on terms when a James Murray cross was converted by Jordan Palmer for his fifth goal in as many games and the hosts ended the half well in the game.

The home side were a different outfit after the break following some words of wisdom by new manager Mark Benterman and they put Stowmarket under pressure with many raids down both flanks.

On the hour Halstead brought on Root for Ashley Drew in an effort to break the deadlock, which resulted in five corners in quick succession, then a neat through ball from Lewis Cunliffe found Root and he hit the target.

More corners and goalmouth scrambles followed but the home side were unable to add to their tally despite creating several decent chances.

Halstead: Cherry, Foulger, Raby, Hurkett, Cunliffe, Spriggs, Appleby, Barry, Drew (Root 62), Murray, Palmer. Unused subs: Knight, Fuller, Thorogood.