STANWAY ROVERS manager Kem Izzet praised his side for a much-improved second-half performance in their 2-0 victory against Haverhill Rovers.

The sides met in a Thurlow Nunn League premier division contest at The Hawthorns on Friday night.

Rovers netted in either half through Romario Dunne and Marley Andrews.

And Izzet felt his side were good value for their victory – in the end.

“We’re on a good run and it was nice to continue that on Friday, especially after the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser in our previous game, against Ely,” said the Colchester United legend.

“Our performance in the first half was poor, if I’m honest.

“We didn’t get going until the last five or ten minutes before the break and it was during that time we nicked a goal.

“It was against the run of play and I’m not sure we deserved it.

“However, after half-time we were so much better and, in the end, probably deserved to win by two or even three goals.”

Stanway’s win hoisted them up to seventh in the table, heading into Saturday’s matches.

They visit Saffron Walden Town on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, COGGESHALL TOWN climbed back to second in the premier division – again prior to Saturday’s matches - after a 5-0 success against WIVENHOE TOWN on Friday.

The Seedgrowers jumped above both Stowmarket Town and Brantham Athletic after a comfortable victory against the bottom-of-the-table Dragons.

Tom Monk put them in front before the prolific Nnamdi Nwachuku netted twice in seven minutes to make it 3-0.

Conor Hubble added a fourth to give his side clear daylight by the interval and Aaron Cosgrove made it five early in the second half to complete an emphatic win for the Seedgrowers.