Hadleigh United boss Stuart Alston would take two points now from tough couple of fixtures ahead

Michael Barwick of Hadleigh, on target against Fakenham last Saturday.

Michael Barwick of Hadleigh, on target against Fakenham last Saturday.

Although very much looking for a victory in one of their next two league encounters, Hadleigh boss Stuart Alston admits he would take two points from both games now.

The Millfield side travel to Walsham-le-Willows tomorrow, before entertaining high-flying Felixstowe & Walton on Tuesday night.

It is a tough couple of fixtures for a young Hadleigh team, who have enjoyed a mixed start to the campaign.

“Yes, I would take a couple of draws from both the games we have coming up,” Alston said.

“I’d bite your hand off now actually!


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“Walsham and Felixstowe have both started well, although Walsham did lose heavily at Wroxham in midweek, but we know it will be tough.”

Hadleigh produced a Jekyll and Hyde Bank Holiday ‘treat’ for their fans – winning well against Fakenham, then losing at Clacton in a disappointing performance.

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It was a 48 hours that irked Alston.

“The highs and lows of non-league football,” he said.

“On Saturday night, I was so happy with the way we played, especially the second half. We scored three goals and could have had five. Then on Monday, we go a goal up after five minutes, but that’s about it.

“Clacton were on it, they wanted it more, but even then we had a great chance to go back in front at 1-1, but our decision-making was poor.

“It was all very frustrating.”

Alston knows it is tough for teams like Hadleigh in a Thurlow Nunn Premier division where money is not the be all and end all, but can aid sides further up the table.

“It’s brutal,” he said.

“There are four or five teams who have a bit of money and will be challenging at the top, while there are 10 or 12 who will be mid-table and the rest scrapping to keep out of the relegation places.

“We know that, it’s the way it is. All I tell my players is to keep battling and try and win the games we can against sides who are going to be in and around us. I’ll go strong at Walsham on Saturday. I’ll see about Tuesday against Felixstowe. We have a big FA Vase game next weekend and some of my players were looking a big ‘leggy’ at Clacton.”

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