Cunningham joins Hadleigh United

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Stuart Crawford is hoping the addition of former Leiston and Lowestoft Town winger Danny Cunnigham can help pull Hadleigh United even further clear of the chasing pack.

The Brettsiders established an 11-point advantage at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with their eighth straight win at Diss Town on Saturday, and were set to give ex-Bury Town left-sided flair player Cunningham his debut at Needham Market Reserves in the Red Insure League Cup last night.

Ahead of facing in-form Newmarket Town on Saturday (3pm), as they get back to league action, Crawford said of the player released by Leiston: “We saw him train Monday night and his technical ability is a different class.

“He has suffered from not playing games week-in week-out for a year-and-a-half and he knows he needs to play football and we can give him the opportunity.”

Crawford also revealed a deal to bring striker Adam Burroughs in from Diss was not dead yet.

Goalkeeper Paul Rutherford was due to play his first game last night after an ankle injury.