THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Haverhill Borough 3
Coggeshall Town 0
by Josh Brown
at The New Croft 3G
Haverhill Borough opened their new stadium in style with a comprehensive victory over league leaders Coggeshall on Tuesday.
The game was watched by pop star and Coggeshall Town player and benefactor Olly Murs, but he was to leave disappointed after the hosts inflicted a first league defeat of the season on his team.
Borough started the first half strongly, and were unlucky not go ahead after a spectacular overhead kick from Craig Pruden.
Scott Lodge then sent a long-range effort over the bar, before Ryan Phillips was clattered by Coggeshall goalkeeper Matthew Walker and won a penalty. However, the ‘keeper dived to his right to save Aaron Forshaw’s 17th minute kick.
Borough took a deserved lead on 36 minutes, when Jarid Robson chested down a searching crossfield pass from Ryan Phillips as he burst into the box and beautifully slid the ball past Walker from an angle.
The visitors started the second half brightly, and only a spectacular save from Graham Smith prevented Shamido Pedulu from levelling the scores.
Smith was on hand again to smother imminent danger as Pedulu ran in on goal five minutes later.
Coggeshall were made to pay for their missed chances as Robson picked up Ryan Phillips’ pass 25 yards out and fired into the bottom left corner to double the home side’s advantage after 68 minutes.
Pedulu had two chances to halve the deficit but he headed over from a corner, before shooting high and wide from inside the box.
Phillips’ exquisite volley completed the scoring in the 93rd minute, the ball flying into the top corner of Walker’s goal, leaving him with no chance, and providing the hosts with a historic victory.
It took Borough, who travel to Holland FC (6th, 3pm) on Saturday up to third and left them as one of three unbeaten teams.
Borough: Smith, Hardwick, Bone, Durell, Pater, Lodge (Clark 85), Philips, Forshaw (Swallow 45), Pruden, Robson, Staines (Thompson 56).