Thurlow Nunn: Brantham fall to the leaders as Woodbridge, Hadleigh and Haverhill lose out

Haverhill Borough's Charlie Turner saves a penalty, but it wasn't enough to stop his side from slipp

Haverhill Borough's Charlie Turner saves a penalty, but it wasn't enough to stop his side from slipping to defeat - Credit: Archant

A round-up of all the weekend action in the Thurlow Nunn leagues on what was a tough weekend for our local sides.

Premier Division Brantham Athletic 1 Norwich United 2

Brantham went down 2-1 in a fast match at home to league leaders Norwich United.

The visitors took an early lead when the ball pinged about in the Brantham area and Matthew Blake scored from close range.

Brantham drew level after 31 minutes when a good ball was lifted over the Norwich defence which Sean Bartlett latched onto and hit home from an awkward angle.


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Brantham’s lasted four minutes when the ball was played towards the Brantham area and Blake again turned his marker to score from close range.

Brantham created but some top class saves by Pacey stopped them drawing level.

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Walsham Le Willows 0 Godmanchester Rovers 1

Walsham started brightly and Ryan Clark hit a shot just over the bar, while Tanner Call had a great opportunity to score but hesitated and the visitors cleared their lines.

As the visitors came more into the game Jack Watson shot straight at Craig Brand before Rovers scored through James Hall.

In the second half both sides had half-chances but failed to add to the scoreline.

With 12 minutes left the visitors’ Jack Watson was sent off for an over-the-top tackle on Lee Sim.

Sensing their opportunity Walsham pressed forward but Godmanchester held on.

Swaffham Town 0 Long Melford 4

The home team forced some nine corners in the first 11 minutes to test Melford’s defence.

As the half wore on Melford showed their attacking flair and after 27 minutes they went ahead through Matt Hayden.

The second goal arrived on 63 minutes, Jamie Griffiths setting up Hayden’s second.

Well in control of the game, Griffiths added a third from five yards in the 82nd minute before Dan Smith netted the fourth.

Hadleigh United 1 Saffron Walden Town 2

Impressive defending saw Saffron Walden Town take all three points off Hadleigh.

Craig Calver put the visitors in front after 23 minutes. In the 51st minute Hadleigh lost possession at their own throw-in and James Thomas scored another for the visitors.

Scott Chaplin reduced the deficit after 61 minutes but ‘keeper Floyd Croll kept out all further efforts to maintain the visitors’ lead.

First Division

Halstead Town 2 Woodbridge Town 1

Poor finishing cost Woodbridge dear as the home side scored a 90th minute winner.

The visitors were further dismayed by a horrific injury to Josh Horton which halted the game for 30 minutes.

The Woodpeckers initially took the lead after 33 minutes when Jamie Scales’ corner was swept home by Joe Langfield.

The home side equalised after 41 minutes through Nick Miller.

Horton’s injury, a double leg fracture, occurred after 71 minutes when he collided with home keeper Elliot Ringe.

To add insult to injury Jordan Hutchings made no mistake from close range in the 90th minute to clinch the three points for the home side.

Haverhill Borough 1 March Town United 5

The away side took the lead almost immediately as a March corner was headed in by Jason Goult.

Staines’ equalising goal came from the resulting kick-off as he received the ball and curled it past Dave Beeney.

The visitors responded through Andre Odan who made no mistake inside the six yard box after just nine minutes.

Just past the half-hour mark Odan doubled the lead and after the interval Liam Merryweather rose highest at a free-kick to give the away side a 4-1 lead.

Shane Cooke completed the scoring by netting the fifth.

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