THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
March Town United 2 Haverhill Borough 3
A first half hat-trick from Craig Pruden was enough to give Haverhill Borough their first league win of the season in a tough fixture at March last night.
A frantic start to the game saw both sides score in the opening three minutes.
After 51 seconds Pruden latched onto a ball 30 yards from goal and fired past ‘Hare’s goalkeeper David Beeny’s right hand.
But just two minute later the hosts equalised when Kevin Holt fired an unstoppable half volley from outside the penalty area into the top corner.
Pruden then escaped the March back line only to shoot wide after rounding Beeny, before Borough’s Ryan Phillips forced Beeny into a good save as he broke into the penalty area.
Borough wne back in front in the 24th minute as a shot from the edge of the penalty area by Jake Gilder was parried by Beeny to Pruden who finished clinically, and he completed his hat-trick just before half time with a sumptuous lob from the left hand edge of the penalty area after again evading a statuesque March back line.
It seemed a case of déjà vu a minute into the second half as Pruden again escaped the offside trap and, after beating the onrushing Beeny, he pulled the ball back to Jarid Robson whose 35 yard shot was headed off the line by a March defender with the ‘keeper nowhere.
This let off appeared to enliven March and in the 53rd minute, Robert Conyard was felled by Casey Phillips in the Borough penalty area with Daniel Woods converting the resulting penalty.
Graham Smith in the Borough goal then palmed a powerful shot from the edge of the box over the bar, before Conyard headed over under no pressure from the resulting corner.
Borough pushed forward on the break in an attempt to secure the game, and Gareth Thomas surged into the box before seeing his shot blocked by Beeny before Robson’s follow up was again saved by the home goalkeeper.
With time running out Smith was forced into action again, saving from Holt’s shot before Pruden had the opportunity to wrap the game up, driving into the penalty area before lashing his shot wide of the goal when it looked easier to score.
That was the last action of the game with Borough holding on to collect a hard won three points.
Borough: Smith, Hardwick (Farlie 78), Bone, Durrell, Thomas, C Phillips, R Phillips (Westcott 85), Robson, Pruden, Swallow (C Holmes 71), Gilder.
Unused sub: O’Connor,
Borough travel to Debenham LC on Saturday (3pm) for their next First Division match.