ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER LEAGUE
Haverhill Sports Association 5 Hatfield 1
Ryan Weaver hit a fine hat-trick as HSA threw off the shackles to hit Hatfield for five. Kicking into a strong wind HSA took a little while to settle before Matt Clarke, returning to action for the first time in seven weeks after injury, was twice denied by Hirst in the visitors goal.
Paul Hunt hit the bar and Owen Longley fired over before the visitors took a shock lead midway through the half.
A fine piece of skill in the corner by Johnson took him past two HSA defenders, his low cross was only half cleared back to him and he fired past Liam Cutts.
It took HSA ten minutes to get back in their stride before Tom Lock saw his scrambled effort hacked off the line following a corner.
The equalizer came shortly after when Jon Welsh got to the byline and his low cross was expertly turned in by Weaver.
Two minutes later Weaver extended the lead. Ross Elkins played the ball into him on the edge of the area before the striker rolled his marker and fired a low effort into the corner of the net.
Just before half time Clarke saw his strike go just wide as HSA ended the half on top.
The second half was played out without much incident until the last ten minutes when new signing Olly Bell and Elkins linked well before finding Weaver on the penalty spot, his powerful strike found the stanchion of the net giving the ‘keeper no chance.
Paul Hunt made it four, picking the ball up just inside the Hatfield half he managed to beat three defenders and rounded Hirst before rolling the ball home.
The last goal of the game came in the final minute.
Welsh played a long diagonal ball into the box which was met by Adam Palmer who’s superb eight yard volley was his first goal for the club.
HSA face local rivals Hedinghams next week looking to consolidate their position in the top five.