Experienced Fenmen too strong for Hadleigh youngsters

RIDGEONS LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Hadleigh United 1

Wisbech Town 2

HADLEIGH United boss Stuart Crawford fielded several youngsters in this defeat against Wisbech on Saturday.

The visiting Fenmen were an experienced side with a considerable physical advantage.

So a narrow defeat was not viewed a disaster, especially as central defender Kris Rose received a straight red card for a tackle 12 minutes before the end.

Hadleigh keeper Dan Heath was busy throughout and did well, especially as he received a dead leg after a first half challenge.

Hadleigh scored in their first dangerous attack when Jack Cawley crossed from the left and Ollie Canfer headed a fine goal home after 19 minutes.

Heath and his defence held out until the stroke of half-time when an alert Chris Bacon equalised after Hadleigh had failed to deal with a corner.

In the second half, Wisbech keeper Ricky Lovelace made a flying save from Canfer before Wisbech went ahead as Nick Davey broke away unchallenged to shoot low past Heath on 75 minutes.

Hadleigh sent on substitutes Jamie Cowan, Luke Wade and Ben Deacon and the 10 men pushed forward as the clock ran down.

Heath saved brilliantly from Matt Lunn after 83 minutes but Hadleigh almost levelled in stoppage time as a shot from Wade was blocked on the line by a defender.

A header from Deacon was tipped over by Lovelace, leaving Hadleigh without a point for the second successive match.