High Easter may have lost in their latest pre-season friendly but the management team were happy with the workout.

Playing at home, they lost 2-1 to Broomfield and started the game without regular goalkeeper Harrie Irving, out with a leg injury.

Ryan Kirk deputised in the first half and George Alexander took control in the second, both going on to have good games.

Broomfield got off to a great start though when Justin Sargeant scored and Kirk had to pull off two superb saves to keep the score at one.

Charlie Earle and Henry French both went close for Easter, the latter with a clever lob that beat the keeper but not the defender on the line.

But they did get their equaliser before the break, a cross from JP Alexander finding Earle who headed home his third in two friendlies.

Kirk, now playing in the outfield, had the first chance of the second half but fired wide after a nice pass from Sam Hockley.

Broomfield then got their noses back in front with Jordan Sargeant finding the top corner.

Kirk would have one more chance to grab a second equaliser but after beating two defenders down the right flank, his shot ended up in the side netting.

High Easter start their Braintree & North Essex Sunday League Division One campaign on September 3 at home to Notley Res.