Late Elliott penalty earns Hadleigh a point which takes them out of the bottom three

LATE LEVELLER: Ben Elliott scores from the penalty spot
LATE LEVELLER: Ben Elliott scores from the penalty spot

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Hadleigh United 2

Fakenham Town 2

A late penalty from Ben Elliott secured a point for Hadleigh United which helped them to climb out of the relegation zone on Saturday.

The Brettsiders gained their fourth successive draw by netting a late equaliser against a big and strong Fakenham outfit.

The Norfolk side went ahead after 14 minutes when Andy Jarvis scored from 12 yards out.

At the other end, Michael Barwick had a shot blocked, but Fakenham deserved their narrow interval lead.

However, Hadleigh equalised on the hour with James Ross scoring off the underside of the bar from 20 yards, but there was still plenty of entertainment to come.

With 10 minutes remaining, Matthew Dye hit a spectacular goal from distance to restore Fakenham’s lead.

With 90 minutes on the clock, Tom Driscoll was fouled in the area and Elliott kept Hadleigh’s survival hopes on track by scoring from the penalty spot.

United manager Stuart Alston commented: “It was a poor first half but we dug in deep in the second half for our point.”

The point, coupled with relegation rivals Wivenhoe Town losing 3-1 at Felixstowe & Walton United, meant that The Brettsiders climbed out of the bottom three of the table.

Hadleigh (18th) visit Ely City on Saturday (3pm), while Long Melford (17th) return to action with a trip to Gorleston on the same day (also 3pm).

The Villagers, who did not have a game this past weekend, are six points clear of Wivenhoe, but the Essex side do have three games in hand.

n In the First Division, Chris Tracey’s Cornard United (14th) host Debenham LC this Saturday (3pm).

The Ards were also without a game last weekend, but will head into Saturday’s clash buoyed by recent wins over Team Bury and Diss Town.

n Elsewhere, Scott Barnes struck to earn Long Melford Reserves a 1-1 draw against their Woodbridge Town counterparts in the Thurlow Nunn Reserve League.

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