Craig Cutts struck a hat-trick for HSA as they moved up to third place in the Suffolk and Essex Border League Premier Division.
Haverhill Sports Association 6 Lawford Lads 2
A Craig Cutts hat-trick sealed HSA’s fourth successive victory and helped them cement a place in the promotion places in the ESBL Premier Division.
Lawford belied their lowly league position by having much the better of the opening quarter of the match, however once Craig Cutts had collected a loose ball and fired into an unguarded net from 35 yards HSA took control.
Two minutes later keeper Liam Cutts’ long goal kick caused confusion in the Lawford defence, Harry Halls latched onto the ball and finished from an acute angle to double the lead.
The home side then started to settle and play some good football with the front pairing of Halls and Cutts both having chances to add to the lead.
The third goal came just before half time when Paul Hunt’s slide rule pass found Cutts who unleashed a powerful 25 yard finish giving the keeper no chance.
The game was effectively over five minutes into the second period, Lawford thought they had pulled a goal back however the effort was ruled out for offside.
HSA took the free kick quickly, Liam Cutts found Jon Welsh who switched the play to Owen Longley with a 50 yard diagonal ball, he then played the perfect header into the path of Craig Cutts who rounded the keeper to score his hat-trick goal.
With the hosts now well on top Adam Palmer replaced man of the match Cutts up front and carried on where Cutts had left off.
First he was denied by a post before Hunt set him free and his shot went through the Lawford keeper and over the line.
HSA’s final goal was a deserved second for Halls. Tommy Hardwick found the forward who beat a couple of defenders and rounded the keeper before hitting the net.
Lawford regained some pride when a whipped ball in was turned into his own net by the otherwise excellent Luke Strutton.
The away side were unfortunately reduced to ten men when their forward was dismissed for needlessly leaving a foot in on Longley.
HSA missed further chances to extend their lead before Gibson added a second for Lawford beating Cutts with a clever lob.
In form Earls Colne are the next visitors to the New Croft as HSA look to continue their good run with several players due to return from injury and unavailability it promises to be a good encounter.