Staines strikes late to earn Borough a point
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Diss Town 1
Haverhill Borough 1
by Gary Brown
at Brewers Green Lane
Haverhill Borough battled back to earn a deserved share of the spoils in a somewhat turgid encounter against Diss Town on Saturday.
Borough started the brighter of the two teams with the winds at their backs, and winger Matt Staines should have done better when put through by Scott Lodge after only four minutes.
But his powerful shot flashed over the crossbar to the home defence’s relief.
Lodge then tested William Izod in the Diss goal with a well struck volley from the edge of the penalty area, although the goalkeeper was up to the task to keep the visitors at bay.
Both Lodge and Staines saw efforts saved, as rampaging runs by Tommy Hardwick and Gareth Thomas put further pressure on the Diss goal.
However they came to little as the first-half fizzled out into a procession of petty fouls, before the two teams went into the break still goalless.
Thomas provided the first goalmouth action of the second-half, when Izod was forced to palm a cross away as it headed towards goal.
A controversial penalty then saw the hosts take the lead on the hour mark, after Aaron Forshaw was judged to have handled the ball when he chested down a cross in his own penalty area.
Jamie George’s initial attempt was well-saved by Borough’s Charlie Turner, but he was helpless to deny George from netting the rebound.
With the game looking lost, Haverhill found an equaliser in the 85th minute as Johnny Milne poked the ball onto Staines, who calmly slipped it under goalkeeper Izod to secure a point.