Duane Wright gave his reaction to Saturday’s crucial 1-0 win over challengers Haverhill Rovers to Deputy Sports Editor Russell Claydon.
The striker or midfielder popped up with the winner after 72 minutes, heading home Scott Chaplin’s corner after Hadleigh had enjoyed the better chances in a goalless first half.
The goal came moments after Rovers were reduced to 10 men when Luke Parkinson was sent off for an off-the-ball shove in the face.
Hadleigh’s victory means they maintain a nine-point advantage at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, with Gorleston having played two games fewer.
In the First Division, Long Melford pulled off the shock of the day with a 1-0 win in the derby at higher-flyers Halstead Town courtesy of a Scott Sloots first-half strike.
Former Leiston and Walsham-le-Willows striker Ollie Hughes made his AFC Sudbury debut in a 0-0 at Chatham Town, which left them 10th in the Ryman League Division One North table, ahead of a trip to 13th-placed Tilbury on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Meanwhile, at The MEL Group Stadium in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, AFC Sudbury Reserves thrashed Stowmarket Town 5-1 at The MEL Group Stadium.
In the Barclays Premier League Norwich City moved out of the relegation zone after second-half goals from Gary Hooper (penalty), Robert Snodgrass and Leroy Fer saw them beat West Ham United 3-1 at Carrow Road.
Ipswich Town claimed their first away win of the season in the Sky Bet Championship in dramatic circumstances in a 3-2 success at fourth-placed Blackpool which leaves Mick McCarthy’s side four points and six places off the play-off positions.
Daryl Murphy scored the winner in the 93rd minute after Town had seen their lead pegged back in the 91st minute by Steve Davies’ strike.
Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor, his first for the club, scored the others.
In the rugby, Sudbury beat Upminster 20-12 to return to winning ways, their seventh victory from their eigth league games in London Three North East, leaving them a point behind leaders Campion.
* For a full set of local sports results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.