Lakenheath finish positive week by winning at Thurlow Nunn League First Division North leaders Harleston Town
Lakenheath rounded off a big week for the club – following up the news they will this month begin work on installing floodlights – by beating league leaders Harleston Town in their own backyard.
The 2-1 result at the side who had been 10 points clear at the summit of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North delighted Heath boss Ben Cowling, but it also left him calling for his side to not let their levels drop at fourth-placed March Town United on Saturday (3pm).
Reflecting on a perfect away display which saw seventh-placed Lakenheath defend well while twice hitting Harleston on the break with second-half goals from Ryan Weaver and James McCabe, he said: “We have had a strange season, I think it is safe to say.
“We have now been to the top two and beat them, and deserved to. We have also gone to sides like Felixstowe, and no disrespect to them, but we have not turned up and they have deservedly beat us.
“I am absolutely delighted with today. I thought we defended really, really well. The first half set the tone. We created more chances, we looked the better team.
“We rode our luck with them hitting the bar, but I think if you are going to come here and face the side they have got, you are going to need that bit of luck at times.”
A bright start saw Magpies ‘keeper Brandon Ling produce an arching save to tip over Kelvin Enaro’s early effort.
There was controversy in the 22nd minute as Harleston striker Lawrence Cheese had a goal ruled out for a debatable handball.
The hosts’ best chance of the half saw Scott Roberts send a 25-yard effort not far over.
Lakenheath got the goal their tigerish chasing and inventive play had deserved nine minutes after the restart when Weaver superbly brought down a Tom Hardwick ball on the half turn and went on to coolly finish into the bottom right corner.
Harleston did dominate in their opponents’ half from then on but after Connor Green saw an effort thunder back off the crossbar on the hour mark, the visitors broke from a corner to score four minutes later after McCabe swept home from a Reece Clarke cross.
Enaro hit the post in added time before a late header from Nicky Howell wiped out the clean sheet in almost the last action of the match.
Lakenheath: Corston, Hardwick, Logan, Elkins, Grogan, Baker, Enaro, Hawley (c), Weaver, Clarke, McCabe. Unused subs: Stevens, P Turner.
Free Press Man of the Match: Dean Grogan.
* Work to instal floodlights at The Pit - a requirement on promotion - is set to take two to three weeks and has been helped by a Football Foundation grant.