Hadleigh United boss: I don’t want my players to have any regrets

Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford

Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford

The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side head to Tunbridge Wells tomorrow afternoon seeking a place in the last four of the competition.

Crawford said: “It will be all about who has the desire and hunger to win it.

“The players know what is at stake. They have just got to give everything as they won’t want to walk off the pitch and live to regret not giving their all.

“If they do give their all then hopefully that will be enough for us to get through.”

The club’s lengthy injury list is improving, but defender Matt Stace, utility player James Evans and striker James Blades are all ruled out.

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Goalkeeper Darren Moyes is responding to treatment on tendonitis in his shoulders, and should be fit to take his place in the squad.

Crawford, who admitted he had not spoken to any opposition managers about Tunbridge Wells, said: “I have a team in my head and how I want us to play, but I am not going to make any decisions until Saturday.

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“We have just been scouring the internet and looking at match reports to find out about them.

“I don’t think they will be a team who knock the ball about but who will look to get it forward quickly.”

Hadleigh United’s first team are not the club’s only side playing an important cup match tomorrow.

The club’s reserve side face Kirkley & Pakefield in the semi-finals of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup at Walsham-le-Willows FC.

It means that those involved with the reserves will not be able to make the journey to watch the first team in their FA Vase quarter-final tie.

Hadleigh United president Terry Adams said: “Hadleigh United obviously wanted the date of the reserve match to be switched so all our committee members and supporters could follow the first team in the biggest game in the club’s history at Tunbridge Wells.

“Suffolk FA said no other date for the reserve game was available, which I find absolutely amazing because there is surely a ground somewhere in the county that would be available on another date, even if it meant playing the game in the Lowestoft area.

“Our reserves deserve maximum support for this match, but this will not be possible now because of the clash with the FA Vase match.”

Jairo Marin, football services manager at Suffolk FA, said: “Hadleigh United asked if the date could be changed because they were playing in the FA Vase.

“Competition rules state that the match will be played on the scheduled date unless mutually agreed by the clubs, but the clubs could not agree an alternative date.

“We were happy to bring the date forward or put it back until next week and went to the hosting club, Walsham-le-Willows, who offered six different dates.

“Over the last 12 days about 20 emails have gone between the leagues, club and county FA to try to find another date, but it has not been possible.

“We even asked Hadleigh if they would forego a neutral venue but they said no. We have tried to be as flexible as we can.”

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