AFTER watching his Halstead Town side’s 4-2 victory against Frenford FC, boss Mark McLean now believes his team are playing some of their best football of the season, writes GRAHAM DOVER.

However, the Humbugs manager he did concede that they need to play this way for the full 90 minutes, not just in patches throughout the game, as can now happen.

But he was delighted with the fighting spirit the players showed after finding themselves 2-0 down in the first 30 minutes.

He was confident that with the strike force he can now call upon, his team would overturn this deficit. This proved to be the case.

Man of the match for the Humbugs was veteran, Nick Miller who is now in his ninth season with the club.

In fact, it was Miller who opened the scoring for Halstead, and started their comeback, when he drilled the ball home following a corner.

Minutes before this, the visitors had been given good warning by Miller what to expect, when from a similar position he crashed the ball on to the crossbar. But this time the ball went to safety.

Three wins in eight days have lifted the Humbugs to fourth place in the league but McLean now has to put thoughts of this to one side and switch his focus to the Buildbase FA Vase.

He has to prepare his team for this Saturday’s game against Potton United, at the Milbank Stadium.

By coincidence, near neighbours, AFC Sudbury faced this same opposition last Saturday in an FA Cup qualifying match, and by scoring the only goal in the last minute won through to the next round.

No doubt McLean will be speaking to his opposite number at Sudbury for a scouting report.

For the match against Potton, several players are doubtful to be available to play.

Most notable is the hugely influential Garry Burdett who is still troubled by a niggling injury; a late fitness test will decide whether he plays.

On a positive note, new signing Calvin Poku has quickly fitted into the side, and by scoring in each of his first two games has shown he can be an excellent target man.

The Humbugs have had some excellent attendances recently, and they will be hoping for a bumper crowd to support them this Saturday.