After ending a run of three defeats, Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford is optimistic ahead of his side’s trip to Norwich United.
The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders took all three points at Thetford Town at the weekend thanks to a Duane Wright free-kick and an own goal.
And the Brettsiders’ boss was delighted to see his side end their recent downturn in form.
“It’s good that we got the three points,” he said ahead of his side’s journey to Norfolk on Saturday (3pm). “The win has restored a little bit of confidence in the squad heading into Saturday.”
United, who before losing three on the bounce had won 10 matches in a row, exited the Red Insure League Cup and FA Vase over the last few weeks.
Former Ipswich Town and Exeter City striker Richard Logan made his debut for the club at Mundford Road after being released by Needham Market earlier this month.
Wright put the visitors in front after three minutes when his perfectly-placed free-kick just outside the penalty area flew into the corner of the net.
Thetford equalised when Jordan Rocastle converted a loose ball following Ian Fancett’s free-kick being tipped away by Fred Howe.
Tesfaye Bramble went close to restoring Hadleigh’s lead on the stroke of half-time, but could not guide his shot on target from a tight angle after rounding goalkeeper Scott Cruickshank
Logan was replaced at half-time by Michael Barwick as the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders searched for a second goal.
It came on 53 minutes when Liam Jennings’ corner was deflected into the net by Thetford’s Bruno Tavares.
Paul Donnelly struck the bar for Hadleigh, who defended strongly to move 14 points clear at the top with 10 games left to play.
Crawford added: “The game was quite scrappy but credit to Thetford who fought for every ball and played some good football.”
Building up to the visit to seventh-placed Norwich United this weekend, Hadleigh welcome back Matt Downing to the squad having been away with the army during the last month.
The Hadleigh boss is also wary of the threat the Planters pose after they inflicted one of only two league losses this season to his side with a 1-0 success at The Millfield last month.
“They are a solid, well- organised side who have plenty of talent in their squad,” he said. “But we’ll be going there looking to win the game.”
n Hadleigh United Reserves moved to the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Reserve First Division after defeating Diss Town Reserves 3-2 at The Millfield.
Goals from James Blades, Lewis Bailey and Jack Thurston sealed the victory in the Brettsiders first match since December 21.