Debenham beaten by Humbugs

ON THE DECK: Debenham LC defender Gavin Flurrie gets down to clear the ball during their clash with Halstead

ON THE DECK: Debenham LC defender Gavin Flurrie gets down to clear the ball during their clash with Halstead

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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Debenham LC 1

Halstead Town 3

Debenham LC slipped to their first defeat in three games as promotion chasing Halstead Town ran out 3-1 winners at Friends Meadow on Saturday.

The Hornets had drawn 1-1 with AFC Sudbury Reserves and beaten Team Bury 4-0 to head into their clash with fifth place Halstead confident.

However it was the visitors who started the stronger and took a 1-0 lead into the break after Sam Cripps went through on goal and fired past Sam Chilvers.

In the second-half Ben Green volleyed straight at Halstead goalkeeper James Waters, before the Humbugs doubled their lead when Cripps got the wrong side of the home defence and applied a deft finish.

The Hornets then began to come into the game a little more and saw a cross flash across the Halstead penalty area, while at the other end Cripps had a shot from 18 yards go just wide of the target.

Jordan Pavett made it 3-0 to the visitors when Chilvers failed to gather a shot from Thomas Cook, and the Halstead substitute nipped in to put his side further ahead.

With just 10 minutes left on the clock Debenham pulled a goal back, as Jake Gathercole applied the finishing touch at the far post.

The defeat leaves the Hornets 13th in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table ahead of visiting Downham Town tomorrow (3pm).

Stuart Reavell’s side thrashed the Norfolk side 5-0 when the two teams met at Friends Meadow in January, in a game which saw Green net a hat-trick and Michael Beeton and Tom Fenner also get on the scoresheet.

The Hornets are currently eight points adrift of the top 10 in the First Division, but do have games in hand on most of the teams above them.

n Debenham’s local rivals Diss Town are the visitors to Friends Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm), with the Tangerines looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to AFC Sudbury Reserves.

A defensive error was the only thing that separated the two sides in the first-half, and James Axcell seized on this opportunity to give AFC the lead.

Kyle Downes misjudged the flight of the ball, and Ryan McNicholas latched onto the loose ball and sent a cross in for Axcell to fire home.

The Tangerines dropped down to eighth in the table after their defeat on Saturday.