FA Vase previews: Crawford looking for Hadleigh reaction

Football - Cornard United (blue) v Stowmarket. Cornards number 9 Eddie Butcher
Football - Cornard United (blue) v Stowmarket. Cornards number 9 Eddie Butcher

HADLEIGH United manager Stuart Crawford is looking for his team to bounce back from their heavy FA Cup exit with victory in the FA Vase on Saturday (3pm).

The Brettsiders face a tough fixture away at Stanway Rovers in the FA Vase second qualifying round.

Crawford believes the opposition will be wanting to exact revenge on his team after Hadleigh claimed victory when they faced them in their league fixture earlier in the season.

He said: “It will be a tough game against Stanway Rovers. We have been already been there once before this season and beaten them, so we know what they’re capable of.

“This is encouraging because they will be fired up to beat us. There is a lot of money at stake.”

Hadleigh crashed out of the FA Cup first qualifying round stage last weekend after a 6-1 defeat away to Ryman North Division side Aveley.

Crawford said: “We were very disappointing. Mentally, we were weak, a few of our players threw in the towel far too soon. We need to change that against Stanway.”

The Hadleigh manager also rued a lack of commitment by absent captain Paul Donnelly, who missed the Aveley defeat after deciding to visit Italy for the weekend.

Crawford said: “He pulled out 48 hours before kick-off which is poor commitment. I want to see some determination from him to get back in the side because he is a good player.”

Meanwhile, Cornard United will look to build on their first win of the season with a good result at home to March Town United on Saturday (3pm).

Cornard defeated Stowmarket Town 1-0 at home in the First Division Knockout Cup preliminary round, the club’s first victory since October 29, 2011.

But Cornard manager Chris Symes wants the club to now claim their first league victory of the season.

“It would be good to get a win against March because we can definitely get a result.

“We narrowly lost 2-1 at their place earlier this season where I thought we deserved a draw.

“Eddie Butcher (the recently-signed striker) has made a big difference at the club since we signed him and our goalkeeper Barry Lynn has been outstanding for the past year now.”

Elsewhere, Halstead’s manager Jimmy Holder has tipped his young side to upset Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Diss Town in the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday (3pm).

Holder said: “We can beat Diss but we have a very young team right now because of injuries to players like James Murray and Ellis Carter.

“But it’s satisfying to see our young players playing well on the pitch.”

Diss have not recorded a win 
all season while Halstead are 
fresh from their 3-2 win away at Whitton United last weekend.

Holder was particularly impressed with the young players who came into the side.

He said: “It was a very adult performance and there was application from the whole team.

“We deserved to win and we had two or three youngsters who came into the team and did a good job.”

Long Melford will also be action this Saturday in a tough trip to Woodbridge Town in the FA Vase second qualification round (3pm).

Woodbridge are third in the 
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, 
the division above Long Melford, who have not been in action since their first win of the season over Bowers and Pitsea in the FA Vase first qualification round.