Holmes nets hat-trick in Borough’s rout
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Team Bury 0
Haverhill Borough 5
A clinical display of finishing by Haverhill Borough saw the visitors run out comfortable 5-0 winners against Team Bury on Saturday.
Borough started well with Craig Pruden firing wide of the Bury goal with a half-volley after eight minutes.
Good work from Matt Staines saw him create Borough’s next opportunity five minutes later, firing across the penalty area with striker Charlie Holmes just unable to connect at the far post.
Haverhill took the lead on 16 minutes when Jarid Robson hit a somewhat speculative shot from the edge of the penalty area, which George Bugg could only palm into the top of the goal, giving the Borough skipper his 18th goal of the season.
Pruden should have doubled Borough’s tally a minute later, as Staines’ cross from the left presented him with a straight-forward chance, but Bugg blocked the shot.
However, from the resulting deep corner, Luke Clark headed the ball back into the six-yard box and, after Errol Durrell’s shot was blocked, Holmes bundled the ball in to become the fifth Borough player to score 10 goals or more this season.
Holmes added his second on the half hour with a typical striker’s goal.
Released with a ball over the top of the Bury defence, he out-muscled the retreating defenders before beating Bugg down to his left.
Bury looked threatening on the break, and Matt Collins fired the ball across the Borough goalmouth in the 38th minute, but with no-one to finish the chance was lost.
As the game approached half-time, Clark opened his account for Haverhill, squeezing home a tight finish after Ryan Swallow’s free-kick had skimmed the head of a Bury defender, leaving Clark onside behind the Bury defence.
Michael Coleman’s shot from the edge of the penalty area for Bury in the 55th minute drifted wide, but Holmes was not to be denied, completing his hat-trick on the hour mark.
A quick throw-in from substitute Ryan Kent found its way across the six yard box and Holmes flicked the ball into an empty net, with Bugg stranded.
There was still time for Lee Hurkett to hit the bar with a cross following a corner, but there was little more goalmouth action, leaving Borough to collect all three points and close the gap on the teams above them in the league.
The win helps Borough remain in third place in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table, 11 points clear of fourth placed Woodbridge Town, ahead of a trip to Halstead Town (eighth) on Saturday (3pm).
Haverhill Borough: Walker, Hardwick (Kent 55), Hurkett (Tabar 70), Clark, Durrell, Hawley, Pruden, Robson, Holmes, Swallow (Forshaw 70), Staines. Subs not used: Westcott, Choat. Referee: L Farthing. Attendance: 38.