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Friday 4th November - Kick Off 8.15pm Friday night football at the Milbank Stadium turned out to be a big hit with the fans as a whopping 425 turned up for this Essex Senior League match. The kick off was delayed for 30 mins as one of the officials and some of the visiting teams players were held up in traffic. ​The match got off to a very lively start and after only 11 minutes Halstead took a deserved lead through Jordan Blackwell. A lead that didn’t last too long as ‘The Bloods’ as Saffron Walden are known were back on level terms only 2 minutes later. ​There was a strong contingent of very vocal visiting fans, I’d say at least 100, which is great support for a club at this level, but not to be out done, the youth of Halstead had turned up in their numbers armed with a massive drum and took residence at the opposite end and made themselves heard, which made for a great and good humoured atmosphere. ​As for the football, after they equalised ‘The Bloods took control of the game and went in 3-1 to the good at half time. It’s worth noting that Saffron Walden finished 2nd in the ESL last season and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Isthmian League North Division. The second half was played at a more comfortable pace, Halstead had chances at goal, but never really looked like getting back into the game which was put beyond doubt when 'The Bloods added a fourth. ​It’s fair to say that Halstead are still finding their feet playing at this level, but it is quite evident that they are making progress on the pitch and behind the scenes everyone is working hard to establish Halstead at this level and take the club forward. ​On a photography level, I’m finding the night matches a challenge as my kit isn’t quite up to the mark to capture the action under the lights. So unless Halstead invest in some new floodlights, it looks like I’ll have to buy a higher spec lens. Something to consider for next season! ​Essex Senior League - Premier Division Milbank Stadium, Halstead Halstead Town 1 -4 Saffron Walden Admission - £7 (£3 concessions) Programme - £1.00 Cheeseburger & Tea - £4.00 Att 425

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