Thurlow Nunn: Keepers star as Felixstowe beat Haverhill Rovers
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Both goalkeepers put on impressive displays as Felixstowe beat Haverhill 3-0.
The visitors’ ‘keeper Alex Archer pulled off a string of high quality saves in this match but it was Danny Crump in the home goal who produced the save of the day from Perry Moody’s penalty kick just before the break, writes Phil Griffiths.
In a first half dominated by the Seasiders Archer had to be at his very best to keep the home side at bay.
He made four top draw saves with one outstanding effort to turn away Powell’s shot in the 16th minute and another to somehow deny Kerridge after 37 minutes.
Haverhill came into the game on the back of a four match unbeaten run and were looking to make September a month without a league defeat.
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However they were never allowed the time or space to play as the Seasiders shook off their loss at Walsham and looked close to their best with some free-flowing football.
The return of Sheridan Driver after missing three games certainly made a difference in midfield to Felixstowe while Bennett on the right seemed a target for the visitors as they clocked up a string of fouls to halt the full back’s progress.
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Despite excellent approach play by the hosts former AFC Sudbury and Bury Town custodian Archer looked unbeatable and it was from one of his saves that the visitors turned defence into attack just before the break.
Ryan Weaver raced away down the left following the save with young defender Clements in hot pursuit, only to be halted illegally in the box by the Seasiders’ number six before he could strike.
Crump, who had been a spectator for much of the half, then produced a brilliant save to keep out Moody’s spot kick.
The rebounding shot set up an attack by the home side that culminated with Smy slamming the ball into the roof of the Haverhill net within 25 seconds of Crump’s save.
There was no let off for Haverhill when the home side were awarded a penalty of their own in the 52nd minute.
Powell slotted home his eighth goal of the season, his fourth from the penalty spot, and substitute Schaar added a third in the closing minutes to give the scoreline a realistic reflection of the game.