Felixstowe’s perfect home record ended by Haverhill
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Thurlow Nunn Premier Felixstowe & Walton United 1 Haverhill Rovers 1 Felixstowe & Walton saw their 100% home record end in front of a bumper 355 pre-Christmas crowd as new look Haverhill Rovers took a share of the spoils from a game that rarely rose above the mediocre, writes Chris Ryan.
It should have been all three points for the home side after coming from behind when they were awarded a penalty with ten minutes left, but it was a day of missed chances and Joe Francis’ spot kick was wide of the post.
The visitors produced a hard-working performance to earn their point and ultimately the result was decided by two headers six minutes either side of half-time, plus the missed spot kick.
Jordan Palmer headed Rovers into a half-time lead with Scott Chaplin equalising after the restart.
The Seasiders were awarded a penalty on 78 minutes, which Francis placed wide of the visitors’ left hand post, leaving the league leaders looking over their shoulders as their three main rivals gained maximum points.
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The Seasiders showed four changes from the line-up that lost at Stowmarket, with the returning Miles Powell creating an early opportunity after rounding the visiting ‘keeper, before a timely tackle from Alfie Carroll denied Felixstowe’s leading marksman from opening the scoring.
Powell then clipped the outside of Rovers right hand post from distance.
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Crump was at full stretch to palm Carroll’s header away at the expense of a corner, with Rovers looking dangerous on the break, and the deadlock was broken on 39 minutes when Jordan Palmer completed a flowing move with a powerful header to claim an interval lead.
Chaplin and Driver both went close as Felixstowe pressed for an equaliser after the break, with Scott Chaplin producing a decisive header from Powell’s cross to bring the sides level.
Phillips produced a number of saves to deny Chaplin, Francis and Powell, but the visiting defence held firm until a handball decision provided the home side with an opportunity to take the lead, which they then squandered - they continued to press, but on an afternoon of missed chances, they had to settle for a point.