Championship-winning year ends on a low
The biggest crowd of the season, 275, saw Hadleigh United end their championship-winning year without a home win in seven matches in all competitions.
Kris Rose failed a fitness test, but Hadleigh began their 2-0 defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United strongly in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with Duane Wright firing against the post.
Ben Cranfield missed for Felixstowe when clear.
The deadlock was broken after 35 minutes when the Seasiders won a corner on the right, which resulted in Liam Scopes deflecting into his own net.
Ben Nower made a great block before Liam Jennings limped off in the final minute of the first half.
Young striker Harry Evans came on and just failed to reach a low cross from the hard-working David Lorimer in the 73rd minute.
The Seasiders’ keeper Ryan Bedingfield made competent saves from Wright and Kevin Inglis as Hadleigh, under the management of Alan Dilloway for this match, were showing plenty of effort, but a lack of the cutting edge was all too evident.
Felixstowe’s second goal came when the ball hit Michael Barwick on the arm and Cranfield scored from the resultant spot-kick in the 51st minute.
Bedingfield made a great reaction save from Lorimer and Hadleigh needed — and possibly deserved — a little bit of luck in front of goal.
But it never came and Ben Nower made a great block at the other end.
In the last minute, Wright limped off after receiving treatment.