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Halstead Town boss delighted with a point against promotion rivals
Halstead Town manager Mark Benterman was more than satisfied with the point his team claimed against one of their Thurlow Nunn League division one promotion rivals.
In the division’s only game to survive amid postponements due to waterlogged pitches, Halstead went to Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucey Lane ground and secured a solid 0-0 draw.
The hosts’ pitch looked in great condition considering the severity of the weather that had battered the country in the preceding 24 hours and both sides were grateful to get a game.
It was fairly even throughout, with clear-cut chances at a premium, but as the weathered worsened towards the end, Halstead were kept pinned back by a fierce wind in their faces.
Wanderers had chances to snatch a goal in that late spell, most notably when substitute Craig Jennings raced clear, but he could only drag his shot across the goal with only Town keeper Luke Banner to beat.
So both sides had to be content with a point and Benterman wasn’t in the least bit disappointed with that.
“I said to the boys in the changing room ‘do not lose’,” he said.
“If you can pick up points from people around you and beat the sides below you, you are going to be in the title race.
“We are now in the title race.
“Ipswich Wanderers have been on a fantastic run, but we went there to do a job.
“We did that job and it was a fantastic point for us.”
The point they earned took Halstead back up to third in the division one table.