Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division basement side Framlingham Town beaten at Hadleigh United
Liam Abraham was certainly right to point to the first half as being where the damage was done as Framlingham Town saw a chink of survival light disappear at relegation rival Hadleigh United.
Saturday’s game was certainly an improvement on the 7-2 mauling when these sides met a month previously in what was a memorable first game in charge of the Brettsiders for Christian Appleford.
But the litany of defensive errors could have left Hadleigh close to repeating the seven in the first 45 minutes at the Millfield.
“I thought first half we were below-par and I think that was where the game was won, really,” said Abraham, whose side remain 10 points from safety, despite Great Yarmouth Town leapfrogging Long Melford.
“Second half I thought we responded and upped our game and I thought it was quite a level second half between the two.”
Jamie Brooks came into the side for Max Willett and after threatening in the early exchanges, Hadleigh took the lead in the 15th minute when the visitors failed to clear a long throw-in and Kyron Andrews headed in a cross at the far post which had looped up off a Fram head.
Danny Smith sent a rasping effort from range whistling just over the crossbar before the Castlemen were breached again in the 21st minutes as goalkeeper Gary Rose came out of his area to head a long ball, but it went straight to Kyle Cassell who judged his chip well from 25 yards.
Michael Barwick should have made it 3-0 but produced a weak effort before Rose tipped over Cassell’s fierce effort.
Cyrus Thorpe gave Framlingham hope when he headed in a Mason Ransome corner in the 40th minute, but it was snuffed out five minutes later when Mekhi McKenzie tapped in Cassell’s low cross after Andrews’ smart pass dissected the centre-backs.
The second half was a scrappy affair but saw Framlingham dominate the goalmouth action without being able to fire the game back into lift with a second goal.
Charlie Smith sent a fizzing effort wide while Brooks had a shot blocked with the goalkeeper stranded and Anthony Johnson headed over from a corner.
Rose was called upon in the last 10 minutes though to tip over a Ferguson header.
If Fram could have played like they did in the second half across the whole 90 minutes it could have been a different story.
Framlingham: Rose, C Smith, Thorpe (Rodriguez 67’), Bell (Willett 64’), Johnson, Mayhew (c), Poacher, Aldis, D Smith, Ransome, Brooks. Unused subs: Ling, Abraham.
Express Man of The Match: Charlie Smith shone from full-back.