Hadleigh dumped out of the FA Vase by the battling Wisbech Fenmen. But Hadleigh assistant boss Alan Dilloway offers no excuses as penalty from Tom James proves the winner

Hadleigh hit the bar at the end of the first half. Photo: PHIL MORLEY

Hadleigh hit the bar at the end of the first half. Photo: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Suffolk will have no representatives in the FA Vase final eight after Hadleigh were dumped out of the competition 2-1 by Wisbech Town at a blustery Millfield, in front of more than 500 fans.

Tom James’ 82nd minute penalty proved the winner for Wisbech after the two side’s had gone in at the interval all square at 1-1, courtesy of goals from Hadleigh’s Shane Wardley (27) and Town’s Jon Fairweather (44).

No-one could deny the Fenmen and their boisterous fans the victory. In a game of little quality, they had the better of it, were well organised and took two of the few chances on offer all afternoon.

Hadleigh were disappointing and badly missed Scott Chaplin and Matt Downing, although in fairness no-one in the Hadleigh side of the dug-out were offering any excuses.

Indeed assistant boss Alan Dilloway admitted the better side won.


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“They deserved to win it, simply as that,” said Dilloway.

“We didn’t play and we needed our ‘A’ game, but didn’t get ti.

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“Our performances over the last month have not really been good enough and that showed again today.

“Yes, we missed a few key players, Scott Chaplin and Matt Downing would have given us width and pace and we had to play four centre midfielders across our midfield.

“Their equalising goal was a soft one and came just at the wrong time for us, just before the break. If we could have got into half-time ahead it would have given us something to hold onto.

“The conditions didn’t help either side and if they hadn’t got the penalty, I don’t think either side would have scored, even after extra-time. Now we need to re-group and concentrate on the league.”

Indeed, Hadleigh can now concentrate on trying to win the Thurlow Nunn Premier League, which they have headed for many months.

Three away league games at Thetford, Norwich United and FC Clacton now await Dilloway, manager Stuart Crawford and his side.

How they react to them will determine their season as they are still in the boss seat, despite the ever-pressing Felixstowe & Walton, who won again this weekend against Woodbridge Town at Dellwood Avenue.

Wisbech meanwhile can look forward to a last-eight tie and preferably a home draw, something that has eluded them in the past few seasons in this competition.

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