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FA Cup ‘adventure’ is over for the Bricks

Hadley FC are beaten by three second-half goals at National League South side Havant & Waterlooville

10 October, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Hadley FC boss Anthony Clark (left)

THE “great adventure” is over after Hadley FC were finally knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday.

After four straight wins in the famous old club competition, the Bricks were beaten by three second-half goals in their third-round qualifier away to National League South side Havant & Waterlooville.

It was a run that raised more than £20,000 for the club, nicknamed the Bricks because their stadium in Brickfield Lane, Barnet, is built on the site of a business where bricks were made.

“Our success in the FA Cup this season has been a great achievement for the club,” said manager Anthony Clark, who lives in Highgate.

“Saturday was a great day out for all our fans, our players and everyone connected to the club. It’s been a great adventure. We pushed a team that play three tiers above us all the way. It was 0-0 at half-time and, in the end, we only lost 3-0, which is pretty good going.”

Hadley will be hoping to build on their solid start to the season this Saturday when they return to knockout action – this time hosting Milton Keynes Robins in the first round of the FA Vase.

“We’re all extremely proud of what we achieved in the FA Cup,” added Clark. “But at this level games come thick and fast and we don’t have time to dwell on past matches. Now our sights are fully set on the FA Vase.”

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