Stotfold were on the receiving end of a 5-0 home drubbing on Saturday - although the scoreline was harsh.
On a very hot and sunny day Stotfold, fresh and full of confidence from the 2-0 away win at Bedford last week, were entertaining Hadley in the SSML Premier Division.
But the loss of skipper Ryan Ellis and centre forward Theo Swain just before kick off didn’t help the cause and with just 56 seconds on the clock a straight ball over the Stotfold defence had Ben L’honore and Michael White struggling for pace as Hadley centre forward Ivan Machedo ran on and slotted it in the bottom left hand corner.
Then ensued a passage of play where both teams were struggling to keep possession as both midfields were cancelling each other out.
Then on 17 minutes and a Hadley ball across the face of the goal found the marauding left full back Tanasheh Abrahams on the edge of the six yard box who smashed it goalwards, only for Stotfold keeper Adam Harpur to get down and with a strong right hand and push it round the post.
But on 25 minutes Stotfold lost possession in midfield and after a fortunate bounce off full back Jake Long, Tanasheh Abrahams found himself free to slot it home for 2-0.
Stotfold got their first effort on goal as Ricky Young engineered a yard of space on the edge of the box for a goalbound left foot snap shot, only for the keeper to go full length and push it round the right upright
Into the second half and after Stotfold got the real hair dryer treatment from the management team the lads came out with a renewed enthusiasm, and as a more compact unit as the back four tried to squeeze higher up the field and push the midfield further up and get their short game going.
Then against the run of play on 53 minutes a Hadley cross from the right stood up at the far post and the Hadley full back Abrahams run in and mishit his scissor kick to find the net.
Aaron Welch came on for Jake Long and in a change of formation Stotfold went 4-3-3 in an attempt to try and salvage something from the game and in terms of possession and territory had certainly had the lions share for large parts of the second half.
Then against the run of play and down to 10 men with the loss James ‘Snoops’ Smith with an ankle injury Hadley added two late goals, the fourth from a good piece of individual skill from the Abrahams for his hattrick from left back.
Then sub Jermeel Jno-Baptiste pinged one from the edge of the box to make it final score 5-0 to give Hadley a deserved win, even if the scoreline was slighty flattering.
Hadley manager and Spurs and Chelsea legend Micky Hazzard had a few words with the lads after the game about the fact that he appreciated the fact that Stotfold did try to play football the right way.