HALSTEAD TOWN v HACKNEY WICK
Saturday 12th March
After the deluge of rain for the last home match against AFC Sudbury the sunshine returned to Rosemary Lane for the visit of Hackney Wick, who had brought a large and vocal contingent of supporters with them. The decent sized crowd were dotted all around the ground which made the stand look quite empty, but it was nice to see people enjoying the early spring sunshine.
I was still messing around with my camera when they kicked off as I’d been chatting to a couple of people I’ve got to know before the match when I realised I was at the end Hackney were kicking towards, so I gathered my kit together and found a spot by the corner flag where I tried out my wife’s collapsible step stool that I’d found in the broom cupboard. Sitting down with the camera on a mono pod made life a lot easier.
My decision to relocate to the other end was rewarded with a goal for Halstead which I managed to capture and even better it was in focus. Most of the first half was spent in the Hackney half and it was a surprise that it was only 1-0 at the break.
Before making my way to the other end for the second half I had a chat with fellow photographer Ivor who had spent the first half towards the opposite corner flag.
I’d only just got myself settled when Halstead were awarded a penalty just a minute or so into the second half, which was duly tucked away. Halstead maintained the pressure and were soon 3 up, for this goal I got my best picture of the match with a shot of the Hackney keeper in full flight grasping at thin air while the ball crossed the line with the full back tangled around the post.
Halstead then got a 4th and that settled the contest. By then the sun had gone in and it was getting chilly, so off to the refreshment hut I went for a much needed cuppa. As I stood and watched the match play out, Hackney pulled one back, but Halstead had already got the match won.
These were 3 much needed points in Halstead’s quest for a place in the Play Offs and sees them still in 4th place and with 3rd placed Benfleet the next visitors at ‘The Lane’ it’s still all to play for.
Thurlow Nunn Division1 South
Milbank Stadium (or Rosemary Lane for us old timers)
Halstead Town 4 - 1 Hackney Wick
Admission £6 (£3 concessions)
Cheeseburger & Tea £4