THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Hadleigh United 0
Manager Ian Brown lambasted his “consistently inconsistent” Hadleigh United after they were thumped 4-0 away at Walsham-le-Willows.
In what is proving a frustrating campaign for the former champions, another lacklustre display was duly punished by the rampant Willows as goals from Tom Driscoll, Charlie Webb, Sam Peters and Tanner Call, condemned the visitors to a third straight defeat in which they have failed to score in all three.
And ahead of another trip, this time to Haverhill Rovers’ New Croft on Saturday (3pm) Brown made his players aware a repeat performance would not be acceptable.
“We just didn’t compete and there were not many players that could come away with any credit from that game,” he said.
“The truth is we’re consistently inconsistent and that is incredibly frustrating and disappointing.
“If we want to win football matches we can’t afford to be like that and that’s the most frustrating thing.
“People pay good money to come and watch us and performances like that are certainly not good enough.
“It is frustrating because we have got some very good players but we seem to keep going from the sublime to the ridiculous at the moment and that can’t keep happening.
“It is partly down to me but the players also have to take some responsibility as well and hopefully we will regroup from this run and start again.
“The players know we can’t repeat those sort of performances because they are not good enough and they have been left in no uncertain terms that this can’t happen again.”
Hadleigh’s Danny Thrower fired an effort at Willows goalkeeper Craig Brand after 10 minutes but that was his only involvement in the encounter as the visitors dominated the remainder of the game.
Just two minutes later the visitors broke the deadlock as former United player Driscoll got on the end of Webb’s cross from the left before burying the ball low past Ben Nower.
Peters then saw a wind-assisted cross-shot rebound off the bar before Walsham doubled their advantage after 35 minutes as Webb got on the end of a Call delivery from the left to head home at the near post.
That dominance continued after the break as Peters got on the scoresheet with a curling free-kick into the bottom right corner after 53 minutes.
And the rout was completed after 62 minutes as a flowing move involving Driscoll and Andrew Wood was brilliantly finished off by Call to seal the points.