Hadleigh’s hopes of success in the Suffolk Premier Cup were all over by the midway point of the first half of their quarter-final tie at Needham Market’s Bloomfields on Tuesday.
By then Needham had scored twice against a Hadleigh side who played some decent football but lacked a cutting edge.
The first goal came after eight minutes when Ian Westlake’s defence-splitting pass was converted by Darryl Coakley on the far post.
The lead was increased on 23 minutes as a cross from Luke Ingram broke kindly for Jamie Guy to make no mistake. Hadleigh then had a good spell without any reward.
Early in the second half keeper Fred Howe made a brilliant double save to keep Needham at bay. A quick counter-attack saw Guy race clear to net his second after 79 minutes.
Howe then made a good block from Ryan Charles, and Shane Wardley headed off the line as Hadleigh defended strongly to keep the score down to three.
nOne piece of good news for Hadleigh was the return of Ollie Canfer, after a lengthy absence with injury, who played for the first hour.