Leverstock Green's run of defeats continued, and while they could have been considered unfortunate in the previous two games, that was not the case today in what was generally a lacklustre display all over the pitch.
Fellow mid-table side Hadley were in front just five minutes after the kick-off. Alexis Nicolas floated in an inocuous-looking free kick from near the left touchline which seemed to go through two Leverstock defenders and keeper Tom Coulton before nestling in the corner of the net. There was some debate about whether Hadley's Tom Milton had got his head to it on the way through, but either way it looked like a soft goal to concede.
Leverstock went close to levelling two minutes later. Tom Bambury took advantage of a gap in the Hadley defence to go through and round keeper Russell Garland, but a defender got back to scramble his shot off the line.
That was as good as it got for the Green though in the first half. Ivan Machedo should have got a second for Hadley on 24 minutes when he ploughed straight through the middle of the Green defence, but shot straight at Coulton.
Two minutes before the break James Dabbs got on the end of a far-post free kick from Chris Cutler, but his effort was deflected over the bar. The action was soon back at the other end, where in first half stoppage time a Hadley corner was poorly defended, and Winston Taylor hit a shot which went in despite Cutler's attempt to keep it out.
There might still have been some hope of a second half Leverstock comeback, but that hope was extinguished within four minutes of the restart. Nick Chrysanthou hit a shot from distance which Coulton could only parry, and Machedo was quickest to the rebound to shoot home a third Hadley goal.
Midway through the half the Green side finally started to play some football inside the Hadley half. Tobi Akin hit a decent effort on 62 minutes which Garland did well to save, and Garland also had to field a shot from Bambury five minutes later.
There was to be no comeback, though, and Hadley could well have added further goals from some very presentable chances, but it remained 3-0 due to some wayward shooting and a couple of saves from Coulton.
The Leverstock side looks short on confidence at the moment, and needs to start picking up some points soon to avoid being drifting further towards the wrong end of the table. Next week they will face several of their former players as they travel to Berkhamsted for a crucial pre-Christmas local derby.