THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Halstead Town 0
Haverhill Borough 2
Pure hard work and a sprinkling of luck was revealed by Haverhill Borough player/manager Martin Westcott as the formula behind their record-breaking run at Eastern Counties League level.
Second half goals from Luke Clark — finally breaking the 10-man Halstead’s resistance just before the hour mark — and substitute Rory Bone’s simple finish a few minutes from time, stretched their winning run into double figures in Essex on Saturday.
With previous long-time leaders Coggeshall Town defeated at Whitton, it moved Borough up to the dizzy heights of second ahead of being due to face Leiston Reserves last night (see www.haverhillecho.co.uk).
But with another three points after what Wescott described as ‘a very hard-fought’ victory at a side who still harbour promotion ambitions, despite being down in eighth place, the Borough chief said they are not focusing on anything but the present.
“It has come with a lot of hard work,” he said of the 10-game winning streak that stretches back to December 27, “we have rode our luck at times. I think that any team that wins 10 on the bounce has to have a little luck in there.
“But we only focus on the next game. The boys are not thinking what happens at the end of April.
“I think if you do take your eye off the ball and start getting complacent that is when you can start getting unstuck.”
Borough survived some early pressure before Ryan Swallow and Jarid Robson went close ahead of Chris Holmes rounding the goalkeeper in the 20th minute, only to see his shot slid off the line.
The pivotal moment in the game came in the 37th minute when ex-Borough striker Shaun Avis was shown a straight red card for kicking out at goalkeeper Paul Walker.
Halstead battled hard but were hit by the hammer blow of the first goal in the 59th minute when Clark swept home after the Essex side failed to clear a cross.
The hosts kept going and came close to an equaliser, but their resistance was crushed when Bone’s high press on goalkeeper Luke Banner saw him nick the ball and go on to roll it into an empty net to confirm the perfect 10.
Borough are without a game this weekend, ahead of their Suffolk FA Senior Cup quarter-final at Woodbridge Town the following Saturday.
Borough: Warner, Hardwick, Hurkett (Regan, 71), Clark, Durell, Hansey, Pruden, Robson (c), Holmes (Bone, 71), Swallow, Staines (Thomas, 73). Unsed subs: Wescott, Choat. Att: 111
Echo Man of the Match: Luke Clark.