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Walsham-le-Willows punished for loss of focus by Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division's bottom side Hadleigh United

Walsham-le-Willows manager Fergus O’Callaghan believes his side ‘paid the price’ for losing focus during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at basement side Hadleigh United.

Willows lost none of O’Callaghan’s first seven games at the helm, but following the reverse at the hands of Hadleigh, it is now two defeats from their previous three Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outings.

And as was the case against Newmarket Town (5-1 loss) a couple of weeks before, O’Callaghan conceded that his players had lost sight of the game-plan.

Matt Collins scored for Walsham against Hadleigh
Matt Collins scored for Walsham against Hadleigh

“It was similar to the Newmarket game in a lot of ways,” he said. “We lost focus on the game-plan and of our roles and responsibilities.

“We had a lot of possession and scored a couple of good goals against Hadleigh but we have paid the price for switching off.

“The unbeaten run was never going to go on forever, but it is about how you lose and we have not stuck to our plans.

“You learn from these defeats and the disappointment each one brings. Expectations are a bit higher now and we have to deal with that.”

Following his appointment as the successor to Trevor Newman in October, O’Callaghan has only added winger Kieran Hagan to the squad at the Moorish Sports Ground.

Further incomings are not imminent, but O’Callaghan has revealed that he would like bring in some fresh faces after Christmas.

“I said right from when I came in that I was not going to change things too quickly or do anything drastic in terms of bringing in lots of new players,” he added.

“We got Kieran in and he has given the supporters some real excitement.

“I am also giving some of the lads in the under-18s a chance to see how they get along with the senior lads.

“But in the new year it would be good to freshen things up a little bit with a couple of signings coming into the squad – that is what we will look to do.”

Tomorrow 15th-placed Walsham will look to bounce back from the Hadleigh defeat when they travel to face Brantham Athletic (3pm).

The Blue Imps, who are 11th, have won two and drawn one of their previous three league encounters.

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