Alston hails team spirit at Hadleigh after away draw

GOOD FORM: Hadleighs Kyle Cassell, pictured on the ball during Saturdays 1-0 home defeat to Mildenhall Town, has impressed since returning from injury
GOOD FORM: Hadleighs Kyle Cassell, pictured on the ball during Saturdays 1-0 home defeat to Mildenhall Town, has impressed since returning from injury

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Brantham Athletic 0

Hadleigh United 0

Stuart Alston hailed the team spirit of his Hadleigh United side after they battled hard to take home a point from their trip to Brantham Athletic.

The Brettsiders, who went into Tuesday’s trip to the Brantham Leisure Centre on the back of three consecutive defeats, showed a strong defensive rearguard to record a 0-0 draw on their travels.

Alston admits the stalemate was far from pretty but was pleased to see his game plan pay off, as his young side went home with a share of the spoils.

“It was a good point for us on Tuesday,” said the Hadleigh boss. “Our goalkeeper never really had a save to make.

“We’ve shown more defensive solidity in the last three league games against Felixstowe, Mildenhall and Brantham.

“The game plan against Brantham was to stick 10 men behind the ball and catch them on the break.

“There was only about two or three shots in the whole game, but the game plan worked and we got a point on the board.

“The boys worked hard and the team spirit is fantastic. When results have been hard to come by they haven’t beat themselves up about it.

“They’ve been working really hard for the club and hopefully we’ll start to get a few more wins on the board after the break.”

United are without a game this weekend, with their next fixture a trip to Swaffham Town on Saturday, November 5.

On Saturday, league leaders Mildenhall Town had to wait until the 86th minute before breaking down a stubborn Hadleigh defence at the Millfield.

The goal came when Jacob Brown beat a couple of Hadleigh defenders before getting the ball into the goalmouth, where Luke Butcher scored with a stooping header.

In the first half, Butcher went close for the Hall, before Kyle Cassell sliced wide from a decent position at the other end.

The Brettsiders were without young defenders Damon Artiss and Dan Knight, but they fought a creditable rearguard action, with goalkeeper Sam Mansfield and central defender Gary Burdett in magnificent form.

On the hour, Butcher headed against the bar, but at the other end, Hadleigh seldom threatened against experienced opposition in front of a crowd of 125.

n Elsewhere, Cornard United almost pulled off a surprise win over First Division promotion chasers Stowmarket Town on Saturday.

The Ards conceded late on to and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Greens Meadow.