Yesterday we went up to Downham Market to see Downham Town play Halstead in the last home game for Downham of the season. At the start of the game the two teams were in 10th and 11th with the visitors having the slight advantage. If this was a chance for the teams to sit back and relax they clearly weren't showing it.
The game set off at a blistering pace with both sides pressing. The home team though were clearly the ones with their bit between their teeth and started pummelling the Halstead goal.
Downham were given their first break on 18 minutes when the winger was pulled down in the box and the centre forward put the ball in the back of the goal to make it 1-0.
Downham go 1-0 up from the penalty spot.
The only shock was that it took another 13 minutes for Downham to make it 2-0 when a cleverly worked passage of play saw the centre forward get his and Town's second.
Things weren't really going Halstead's way and even the decisions were going tags isn't them. Therefore, it didn't come as a surprise when on 35 minutes Downham made it 3-0 and the centre forward completed his hat trick.
If Halstead thought that Downham were going to take their foot off the pedal in the second half they were sadly wrong. On 47 minutes they made it 4-0. Halstead were thrown a lifeline on 53 minutes when they scored a terrific free kick which broke the net. The Downham players and fans were trying to claim it had gone through the side of the net, but the linesman and us were in a perfect position to see that it had gone in.
After this it was all Halstead as they tried to play themselves back into the game, but it was all in vain, as Downham got a fifth in stoppage time as the leaped over their visitors in the table.