Hadleigh look for home comforts as Ipswich Wanderers come to Millfield in Friday night fixture

Hadleigh United v Newmarket Town. Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston.

Hadleigh United v Newmarket Town. Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston. - Credit: Archant

Hadleigh boss Stuart Alston know his team face ‘ten cup finals’ as they fight to avoid relegation from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

A failure to pick up all three points against bottom-placed Swaffham last weekend, heaped more pressure on everyone at Millfield and tomorrow night they entertain Ipswich Wanderers in a league clash, 7.45pm.

Hadleigh are currently third bottom but were indebted to two 90th-minute goals against Swaffham to pick up a point in a 2-2 draw.

Alston knows they will have to be much better against Wanderers.

“We were terrible against Swaffham,” Alston said.

“We missed early chances and in the end were grateful to get a point with the late goals. But it wasn’t what we wanted, we wanted the win.”

Buoyed by the signing of striker Ashley Veitch from Felixstowe & Walton, Alston and Hadleigh hope to put one over Shane Wardley’s side tomorrow night to ease their worrying league position.

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“We seem to play better against the better sides and poorer against the poor ones,” Alston said.

“We are where we are and it is a difficult position. But we have ten games left - ten cup finals - and we have 30 points up for grabs.

“The challenge for me is to keep the players’ heads up and for us to keep playing football. We played Newmarket the other week and their manager couldn’t believe the position in the table we were in, as we played so well. But we have got to start getting points.”

Hadleigh have only won two league games at home since October.

“Our fans have been great considering our poor home form,” he said.

“I feel sorry for them because we haven’t picked up a home win for so long.”

Wanderers, who had a good draw at leaders Mildenhall last weekend, are likely to make life difficult for Alston and his side.

Sprinkled with ex-Hadleigh players, as well as manager Wardley, who won the Thurlow Nunn Premier title with the Brettsiders in 2014, Wanderers sit comfortably in ninth place in the table.

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