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Saturday 28th January - Kick Off 2.00pm What with moving house, frozen pitches and then getting the dreaded lurgy this was my first visit to Rosemary Lane since the game against Stansted at the end of November and it felt good to be back there with my camera. I had only just taken my place and switched my camera on when after only 19 seconds the league leaders took the lead. You could be forgiven for thinking that the free scoring visitors were going to run up a cricket score, but Halstead regrouped and gave Enfield a hard time and made life difficult for them. ​Managed by former Colchester and Bristol Rovers striker Jamie Cureton it was plain to see that Enfield were a quality side, they played some fast and slick football and you began to feel that they were getting frustrated that they hadn’t added to their goal tally when after 23 minutes Halstead deservedly equalised through Alfie Cleal. ​With 28 points and 17 places separating the teams the odds were stacked against Halstead, but they continued to stand strong, but in the last minute of the first half Enfield regained the lead and went in 2-1 up at the break. ​The second half picked up where the first half finished and Halstead continued to frustrate Enfield and on several occasions threatened the Enfield goal and eventually got a deserved equaliser when Joel Older side footed the ball home on 63 minutes. Within a couple of minutes Enfield had the ball in the net, but their joy was short lived as the Linesman had flagged for offside. ​Both teams had their chances in what was a keenly contested final half hour and when the ref finally blew for full time it was Halstead that were the happier of the two sides with a well earned and richly deserved point against the league leaders. ​Of all the games I have seen this season, this was Halstead’s best team performance by far. They are now looking like they have found their feet at this level and are starting to compete with the more established teams. They still need to secure a few more points to ensure they stay in this league next season where I’m sure they’ll be challenging at the other end of the table. ​Essex Senior League - Premier Division Milbank Stadium, Rosemary Lane, Halstead Halstead Town 2 - 2 Enfield Admission - £7 (£3 concessions) Programme - £1.00 Cheeseburger & Tea - £4.50 Att 212

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