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Dragons take the bragging rights in derby
WIVENHOE TOWN claimed the derby bragging rights after beating FC CLACTON 2-0, at Broad Lane.
Second-half goals from Luke Rogers and Marley Spindler gave the Dragons victory over the Seasiders.
Wivenhoe boss Mo Osman said: “We deserved the win and I think it was a fair result.
“We didn’t really play too badly in the first half but we didn’t threaten them enough.
“We changed one or two things at half-time and that helped us to make the breakthrough.
“We were comfortable after that and their goalkeeper was much the busier.”
After a goal-less first half, Wivenhoe took the lead just before the hour.
Rogers prodded in from close range, after the Clacton goalkeeper had failed to hold a shot.
And when Spindler polished off a fine move by converting well, the Dragons were in a comfortable position.
Tom Cutts and Ben Lampon both performed well in defence, as Osman’s side claimed their first three points of the season.
Elsewhere in the premier division, STANWAY ROVERS recorded a good 1-0 away win at Brantham Athletic.
HALSTEAD TOWN were beaten in division one for the first time this season when they lost 2-0 at home to Ipswich Wanderers.
The visitors set out their stall early on with their three strikers Stefan Garrett, Craig Jennings and Marc Wake causing Halstead’s defence all manner of problems in the first half.
Wanderers went ahead ten minutes before the break through Wake, who headed home with ease after Jack Severy had gone past a defender and crossed.
Halstead’s best chance of the half came just before the break when Jordan Palmer volleyed inches wide from James Murray’s fine free-kick.
Town improved after half-time, with Jordan Hutchings and Ryan Crush both going close.
And although Jennings rattled the woodwork, Town peppered the Wanderers goal after that looking for an equaliser.
Jon Root had a shot brilliantly saved by keeper Aaron Reid after a goalmouth scramble and Crush saw a shot go inches wide.
But Wanderers sealed their win late on when Luke Read went on a fine individual run before firing a superb shot into the top corner, from the edge of the box.