Hutchings’ stunner helps rescue a point for Halstead against Diss
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
Halstead Town 1
Diss Town 1
Jordan Hutchings struck a fine equaliser in added time to rescue a point for Halstead Town in their clash with Diss Town on Saturday.
The Humbugs faced a strong Diss side, who started the day a couple of places below them in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table, but with games in hand.
Halstead made a couple of changes to the starting line-up, with Jordan Partridge returning from injury and Tom Holdstock rejoining the club and replacing the suspended Shaun Avis.
The game was not of great quality and was one of few chances, although Halstead’s injury-time equaliser was an outstanding effort from Hutchings.
It was the hosts who came out of the blocks the quickest, with Tom Cook firing narrowly off target, before a free-kick from Hutchings whistled past the upright.
The balance of play shifted and became more even, with Halstead the more positive, but Diss playing well on the break.
The game was flowing from end-to-end, with Holdstock getting a sight of goal, but the Diss goalkeeper saved well.
The Tangerines gained the advantage when Charlie Webb dispossessed Marcus Warren and fired home from six yards.
Adam Burroughs had a great chance to put the game to bed for Diss after the break, but he fired wide from eight yards and Halstead breathed a sigh of relief.
The Humbugs were trying desperately to get back on level terms and the best chance fell to substitute Jack Charnock, who took the ball down in the box, but dragged his shot wide.
As the game entered stoppage time, the ball broke to Hutchings 25 yards out and he struck a powerful shot which left the Diss goalkeeper clawing at thin air.
This gave Halstead impetus and in their effort to snatch a victory they hit the post following a corner.
Tempers were becoming fraught and Holdstock was shown a second yellow card and dismissed from the field of play.
The exciting finale was out of context with most of the game.
Meanwhile, the result done little to enhance either side’s promotion ambitions.
Halstead (fifth) host mid-table outfit Downham Town this Saturday (3pm).