Hadleigh look to halt poor run of form in busy period

Paul Grainger
Paul Grainger

Hadleigh United will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes as the club look to halt a torrid run of form in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

The Tinklers Lane outfit, who were set to travel to Haverhill Rovers yesterday, will be looking to get back on the winning trail after seeing a promising campaign stutter in recent weeks, suffering three consecutive defeats, the latest a 3-1 defeat away at Godmanchester Rovers on December 15.

After their Boxing Day encounter at Rovers, Stuart Crawford’s charges face what could be the perfect opportunity to pick up three points at home to bottom club FC Clacton on Saturday (3pm) before entertaining sixth-placed Brantham Athletic on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Elsewhwere, in the First Division, Halstead Town will be aiming to build on a strong recent run of form that has seen them climb to ninth in the table.

In their last outing, a 2-0 victory over basement side Cornard United was clinched courtesy of goals from Reis Farley-Hearn and Jon Root, sealing a second consecutive league success.

However, that sequence was set for a stern test with a tricky trip to eighth-placed Brightlingsea and Regent yesterday, before preparing for a visit from Ross Wilding’s 15th-placed Team Bury on Saturday (3pm).

Another side looking to build on the momentum of a positive recent result are league rivals Long Melford.

Robbie Benson’s charges, who currently sit in 16th place, halted a three game winless run two weeks ago, with a welcome 2-2 draw against Stowmarket Town as Martin Wescott and young striker Will Wingfield found the net.

The Villagers will now look to climb up the table following a winnable trip to former manager Paul Grainger’s Cornard United, today (3pm) before welcoming Brightlingsea and Regent to the Stoneylands Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, Cornard will be hoping to reinstate a bit of festive cheer around Blackhouse Lane after a campaign void of any success.

A 2-0 defeat to Halstead Town extended a sequence that has seen the club fail to pick up a single point, scoring just eight times and conceding an incredible 82 goals.

However, they will be hoping to change that with two home games in three days, following up the visit of Melford ford with an encounter against Braintree Town Reserves on Saturday (3pm).