BRANTHAM ATHLETIC 1 HAVERHILL ROVERS 0
Brantham’s seventh win in eight games finished both of this side’s season, a single goal deciding this fixture.
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What was the winner came after 33 minutes when Ben Newson was slipped in on goal and away goalkeeper Charlie Turner came out to save, his momentum carrying him forward and meaning he had to come out towards Simon Mann near the right bye line; Mann’s cross got past Turner and away midfielder Luke Haines was unfortunate enough to score into his own goal under pressure.
Openings were difficult to craft for either side and the only significant other effort in the first half was Haines’ effort from the edge of the Brantham area that curled over the bar on 42 minutes.
Both teams came out after the break being more direct, Haines’ 20 yard effort going straight at home goalkeeper Stuart Hunt three minutes after the restart and Rory Jebb dragging a 20 yard effort wide of the same goal on 54 minutes.
Mitchell Burr’s volley into the ground also went the wrong side of the post as the away side searched for an equaliser, Justin Leavers getting the better of a challenge with Hunt right of the Brantham goal just after the hour mark but his effort afterwards was cleared off the line by Nicholas Farthing.
It was exceptionally nervous for the away support in the final quarter of an hour, Oliver Mann rounding Turner and squaring the ball to substitute Harry Mann, his effort on the turn going just wide the other side of Turner as he scrambled back into position, Newson’s mid air volley after replacement Sean Lorimer’s chipped cross hitting the underside of the bar with Turner beaten in the 80th minute.
Leavers also shot wide of the near right post three minutes into added time.
ROVERS : Turner, Halls, Burr (Oteng, 83), Cowdrey, Holmes, Geoghegan, Sartini (Abbott, 57), Haines, Jebb, Leavers, Bradley. Subs not used – Milne, Stevenson.