Haverhill Rovers avenged their 6-1 drubbing at Stanway back in August in fine style with a 3-1 victory in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division at the New Croft on Saturday.
Rovers broke the deadlock on 15 minutes when Marcus Hunt headed home Michael Shinn’s free-kick and were soon 2-0 up thanks to a Perry Moody penalty, awarded for a Pip Boyland foul on Luke Haines.
Five minutes after going two down Stanway were given the chance to reduce the arrears when Moody was adjudged to have tripped Boyland but Craig Hughes blasted the resulting spot-kick well over the bar.
Stanway did halve the deficit in the second half when Jack Cawley headed home but their cause was damaged when half-time substitute Jack Smith receoved his marching orders for a second yellow card.
Rovers wrapped up the win late on with a fine breakaway goal from new signing Tyler Kemp, who joined Rovers from Witham Town.
Rovers return to action tomorrow night (Tuesday, 7.45pm) when Newmarket Town are the visitors to the New Croft for a League Cup first round tie.
In the Thurlow Nunn First Division meanwhile, Haverhill Borough scored an impressive 3-2 win away at Stowmarket Town to make it back-to-back league victories.
Matt Staines put Borough one ahead after 12 minutes and just two minutes later skipper Harry Halls thundered home a shot from 35 yards to double the lead.
Just before the hour mark Staines scored his second and Borough’s third goal.
Stowmarket pulled one back with eight minutes left through Matt Dixon’s header from a corner and although they scored another deep into added time through Mical Moore it came too late to affect the result.
Borough are in Suffolk Senior Cup first round action on Saturday when they travel to Wickham Market (2.15pm), who are second bottom of the Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division, with just one win in eight league matches.