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Debutant Thomas fires in a brace in Halstead's second-half comeback
Chris Thomas had a debut to remember as his two goals helped his new side, Halstead Town, to a 2-1 defeat of March Town United in Thurlow Nunn League division one.
Halstead overcame a sluggish first 45 minutes and a 1-0 half-time deficit to collect three points that kept them second in the table.
Manager Mark Benterman admitted that he had had to have words with his players at the break after their poor opening spell, but was pleased with how they picked up their game.
In a much-improved second half, Thomas, who was making his Halstead debut after joining from Stanway Rovers, fired home on 50 and 54 minutes to make it a fourth win in a row in the league.
Benterman said: “We didn’t play to our potential in the first half.
“I think the lads had looked at the relative league positions of the two teams and took it a bit for granted that we’d win.
“But March are clearly in a false position in the table because they played well and made it very hard for us.
“There had to be a few choice words said at half-time to our players.
“They hit us on the counter-attack and it was the first goal we had conceded in four games, but we had taken them too lightly.
“The trouble was there had been no tempo to our game, no urgency and no desire, but personal standards have to be better than that if you want to get something from it.
“However, we responded well, took the game to them in the second half and they couldn’t get near us.
“I was really pleased to see Chris get goals so quickly for us.
"He is a really good lad.
“He had clearly looked after himself and his match fitness was not a question, but we had to see how match sharp he was.
“He certainly proved that it was all there as he hit the bar and had two good finishes.
“With composure like Chris has got in front of goal, he will definitely get goals for us.
“He gives us another dimension up front.”
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