‘Side will now face Ryman North outfit Haringey Borough away in the Preliminary Round. That tie will take place on Saturday 20th August.
‘Side started the game well with Jason Fontaine having an effort saved by Sam Mansfield in goal for Hadleigh.
United then came back in the game as Kyle Cassel blazed over at the far-post following a well-worked corner from the visitors, before Ben Golding narrowly fizzed a shot wide.
Gus Gulfer’s men then pressed forward looking to gain a first-half lead. Shortly after Mansfield again kept Fontaine scoring, this time from a header, ‘Side took the lead on 36 minutes, Paul Wright’s corner finding Maxwell Amaoko at the back-post whose header Mansfield could only half-stop..
John Spencer was having a good game at right-back and his long-throws were causing Hadleigh big problems. Just before half-time it was very nearly 2-0 to ‘Side as Spencer’s throw-in was flicked on by Luke With for Fontaine who narrowly headed wide.
The first chance after the break fell to Hadleigh but forward Ben Golding could only shoot over the bar. ‘Side’s first chance of the second-period fell to With but his shot, after good work by Fontaine, was saved and then hacked away to safety.
Young forward Billy Hickford then headed against the bar following another well-worked corner, as ‘Side looked to seal the game before the later stages.
Hadeligh though weren’t giving up and forward Ben Elliott scuffed a shot wide. Then under pressure inside his area, goalkeeper Jack Francis couldn't quite gather a ball from a corner with Gary Burdett forcfully heading the ball home on 75 minutes, to seemingly force the tie to a replay on Wednesday back at Hadleigh’s Millfields.
‘Side were under pressure now and did well to stay on level terms after some congestion inside the area.
Forward Michael Ademiluyi who impressed for ‘Side last season, then had a great chance to win the game seconds before the end but saw keeper Mansfield deny him after the forward had seemingly done enough in rounding the keeper.
Sam Edwards tested Hadleigh with a shot outside the box as the supporters began to accept the tie was indeed going to a replay. The bright midfielder however had other ideas and won the tie with a brilliant free-kick in injury-time from at least 35 yards out that David Beckham would’ve been proud of!
Edwards was duly mobbed by his team-mates and coaching-staff, who can now look forward to an away tie against Ryman North outfit Haringey Borough in the next round, plus £1500 reward in FA prize-money.
‘Side: Jack Francis, Jonathan Spencer, George Winn, Paul Wright, Maxwell Amoako, George Lutaaya, Michael Ademiluyi, Sam Edwards, Luke With, Billy Hickford (Sam Konway), Jason Fontaine
Subs Not Used: Dean Ellul, Sam Dowridge, Danny Blake, Joseph Insole