Borough Miss Golden Chance
Haverhill Borough 2-2 Ipswich Wanderers
With relegation rivals Hadleigh only drawing at Great Yarmouth, Haverhill Borough blew a golden chance to almost secure their Thurlow Premier League status after letting a two goal lead slip in 6 disastrous minutes at the New Croft on Saturday.
Borough dominated the opening proceedings with striker Charlie Holmes going close after swivelling on a loose ball in the penalty area and shooting just wide.
Ryan Swallow then caused concern in the Wanderers defence after his forty-yard lob landed on the top of the goal netting with the goalkeeper beaten, and then left back Mikey Davis saw his cross deflected onto the post but then away after a marauding run from deep.
Borough’s Ryan Weaver then forced visiting ‘keeper Bailey Fairweather into a fine save down to his right after bursting through the Ipswich defence, and the half ended with Swallow again threatening the Wanderers goal from the edge of the penalty area.
The hosts were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second period and were awarded a penalty in the 47th minute when Davis was felled in the area, only for Rory Bone to shoot over. Further chances were spurned by Holmes and Weaver before Davis took things into his own hands, cutting in from the left and lashing the ball past Fairweather to finally put Borough ahead.
Bone then quickly added a second after intricate play at the edge of the penalty area saw him collect a return pass before scoring with his unfavoured right foot.
With the game appearing to be won, Borough fell into cruise control, and when Sam Cheetham fired a screamer past Niall Conroy from 25 yards, the momentum had gone totally from the hosts. Six minutes later the game was level when a quick break down the right saw Borough caught square and after the ball was crossed Ashley Brame equalised.
Rousing themselves. Ash Botten was inches away from restoring the Borough lead at the back post after a Davis cross, and as the game entered additional time Cameron Watson’s header hit the post leaving the home side to rue missed opportunities.
Conroy; Botten, Watson, C Phillips, Davis; Robson (C), Bone; R Phillips (71), Swallow, Weaver; Holmes (69)
Boddey (71), Hurkett, Lenk, Walker (69), Jeffries.