Hadleigh United looking to beat Football League opposition

HADLEIGH United manager Stuart Crawford will be looking for his side to claim the scalp of Football League opposition on Saturday.

Crawford’s side play host to a Leyton Orient XI at the Millfield, kick-off 3pm, with all proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity.

The match has been organised by Fred Breyer, a Leyton Orient fan who lives in Hadleigh, and it is hoped to become an annual fixture.

Crawford said: “Two years ago we played an Ipswich Town XI and matched them for most of the game before losing 3-1.

“We are at home and are a better and more experienced side now and so we will be going out looking to win the game.”

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Admission to the match will be �5 for a family of four (two adults and two children), �4 for adults, �3 for seniors and �2 for under-16s.

There will be a ‘keepy uppy’ competition, costing �1 to enter, with three age groups between 10 and 16 years of age.

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Entrants are asked to register at 1.30pm on the day for a 2.15pm start. The final will take place at half time (two from each group) and entrants are asked to provide their own ball.

Hadleigh, whose only pre-season friendly so far resulted in a 6-1 win at Ipswich Wanderers, then face Ryman League Premier Division newcomers Leiston in the Hadleigh Charity Cup on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

The two sides met last season, sharing six goals in a 3-3 draw.

Crawford added: “That will be an even bigger test for us.”

The Hadleigh side is expected to include three former Leiston players – Neil Calver, Mark Goldfinch an Shane Wardley – who have all signed for the Brettsiders this summer, while ex-Hadleigh keeper Louis Johnson should be between the posts for the visitors.

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