After a week without football, the Seedgrowers returned to West Street on Tuesday night to take on Hullbridge, who had struggled to find their feet so far in this campaign. Fans saw a few new faces as they arrived at the ground, with Tariq Issa and Dean Ager making their way into the starting eleven, alongside returning player Joshua Pollard, who has rejoined the Town following a stint at Needham Market. A delayed kick-off meant that the fixture began a quarter of an hour late, at 8:00 PM.
Coggeshall got things underway as an eager Seedgrowers side pressed from the get go, with some impressive passing play breaking down the away side’s defence soon after the starting whistle. Issa quickly found the back of the net, however Ager’s pass to Wall in the build-up was ruled offside by the linesman. Hullbridge were not without fight as Cafer was forced to make an impressive double save by the travelling team’s forwards. They put another chance just wide of the post soon after. Dean Ager later made a fantastic solo run, only to be stopped by the goalkeeper who tipped his shot out for a corner on his near post.
Some fantastic fluid passing play ensued as Issa placed a wonderful throughball onto Sam Bantick’s right foot, from which he struck the back of the net to make it one-nil. An onslaught of opportunites arose for the Seedgrowers as a deflected header from Jayden Gipson hit the woodwork of Hullbridge’s goal frame. Nearing the half time whistle, Hullbridge’s Clarence Emeh was forced to come off the pitch due to an unfortunate ankle injury, being replaced by Samuel Brogan. Coggeshall however still found time to grab a second to double their lead, with a sumptious long range effort firing into the roof of the net, delivered by debutant Dean Ager’s boot.
The second half commenced, and just after substituting JJ Wilson for Harry Critchley, the Town didn’t hold back before claiming their third goal of the match, thanks to Sam Bantick, who was assisted by Ager, which certainly made for an impressive debut. Issa then soon after hit his far post in an unlucky strike following a mesmerising piece of skill. Hullbridge’s Jack Wilson got a goal back however as a seemingly dazed Coggeshall allowed the away side to grab one back. Wilson then managed to get himself sent off within the same minute however, after his last ditch slide tackle wiped out Bantick, who was through on goal.
Both sides looked to their benches as just after forcing a diving save, Tariq Issa, alongside Dean Ager were replacedby Isaac Skubich and Ethan Kessel. Bantick later looked set to make it four just as the ball was stripped from his feet, with Kessel soon following that up with a lobbed effort that was sent just above the bar. Sam Bantick claimed his hattrick in the ninetieth minute, putting the game to bed as it finished four-one to the Town, who now sit ninth in the league.