Haverhill prove too good for Hadleigh

JEWSON SOCCER: Results and reports from the latest round of matches in Jewson League Division One.


Haverhill Rovers 3 Hadleigh United 0

HAVERHILL'S comfortable win took them to within four points of a promotion spot.

They took the lead in the 13th minute, a ball forward from David finding Brandt, who slotted the ball past a defender. The Hadleigh goalkeeper spilled the ball at his feet and Brandt tapped the ball into an empty net.

It became 2-0 in the 35th minute, when Cowling's return ball saw Jenkin shoot over keeper Paisley into the net.

The final goal came seven minutes from full time, substitute Holmes seeing his chip parried away brilliantly by Paisley, but Brandt slid in to score.

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Warboys 1 Whitton United 0

WHITTON suffered yet another odd-goal defeat from a game which they could, and should, have won at a canter.

As in previous games, Whitton controlled long periods but they failed to take the chances they created.

Moore and Wright produced rising shots early on and speedy young winger Hurd raced onto Lander's defence-splitting pass only to see his shot clear the bar.

Moments later, the same player contrived to hook another chance over from only a couple of yards out. Gayfer's 30-yard volley also cleared the bar.

The best move of the game saw Lander feed Hurd,who squared to the unmarked Wright in acres of space. He hit his shot early but it flew inches over the bar.

After changes by manager Cunningham, Whitton became stretched and they had to thank their keeper Dunnett, who made three excellent blocking saves.

The winning goal came out of the blue on 21 minutes. A Whitton move broke down on the half-way line, the ball found Gallagher who left fly from distance and his shot found the top corner of the net.

Whitton will have to lift themselves for the visit of Hadleigh on Wednesday night.

Norwich United 2 Halstead Town 0

STRUGGLING Halstead went down to their third defeat on the trot when two first-half goals gave Jewson First Division leaders Norwich all three points.

Halstead, minus four regulars, showed up well after the break and limited Norwich to a couple of shots and corners, but overall keeper Lloyd Pentney was Halstead's star.

He pulled off a string of fine saves and was never afraid of diving among the feet.

Making his debut was 17-year-old Tom Owen, son of former player Frank, but he had rather a quiet game due to a lack of service.

Manager Paul Grimsey said: "I was satisfied by the second-half performance, but the damage was already done with two sloppy goals early on."

Norwich took the lead when Gavin Morais' 10th-minute flag-kick was flicked on past Pentney and Dale Cooper nodded home at the far post.

It was no surprise when Norwich increased their lead on the half- hour, when poor defence allowed Scott Snowling to fire home just inside the post.

After the break Halstead showed far more determination and began to make inroads on the Norwich defence, but they were never sharp enough in front of goal.

When Steff Kendall elected to pass instead of shooting it epitomised the lack of confidence in the Halstead attack.

Stanway Rovers 0 King's Lynn Res 1

STANWAY'S promotion hopes took a knock as visitors King's Lynn Reserves took the points with a disputed penalty 10 minutes from time.

Play had been from end-to-end in the first half, and Crane had a header tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper.

Then, with time running out, a fierce drive hit Jackson's arm, and the linesman signalled for a penalty.

Jones netted what proved to be the winner from the spot.

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