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Saturday 17th September - Kick Off 3.00pm ​Todays visitors to the Milbank Stadium were high flying West Essex FC who play their home games a little further west in Walthamstow. On what was a pleasant afternoon in the early Autumn sunshine the teams took to the pitch with Halstead being lead out by the Under 8’s Red team. Before the match got underway everyone stood for the National Anthem and then for a minutes silence in memory of The Queen. (I took the photo’s before the Referee blew for the minutes silence to begin) There looked to be quite a few changes in the Halstead starting XI including the keeper who was making his debut and they were still finding their feet when West Essex started to show their class and took the lead after 10 minutes with a curling shot from the edge of the box. Halstead plugged away and equalised from the penalty spot, but that only served to spur on West Essex and they took control of the match when they too were awarded a penalty which was comfortably put away to go 2-1 up. Before half time they were awarded another penalty, but this time the offending Halstead defender was sent off for a blatant push. Again, this was comfortably put away and West Essex went in at half time 3-1 to the good. The second half saw West Essex take full advantage of having an extra player, they didn’t sit back on their lead and played some fast and attacking football and scored three absolute cracking goals to go 6-1 up. Halstead did pull one back in the last few minutes, but it was little more than a consolation. West Essex are by far the best side I’ve seen at Halstead for many years and you can see why they are now top of the table. As far Halstead, it was always going to be difficult against a quality team and going down to 10 men really didn’t help their cause. Hopefully they can get back to winning ways when they entertain Sawbridgeworth in the FA Vase next Saturday. ​Essex Senior League - Premier Division Milbank Stadium, Halstead Halstead Town 2-6 West Essex Admission - £7 (£3 concessions) Programme - £1 Cheeseburger & Tea - £4 Att 188

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