But the weekend ended in celebrations with an amazing eight minute spell for the team on Saturday against St Neots Town ensuring they romped to victory – their first of the season.
They started brightly with wing backs Steven Green and Joe Willis stretching St Neots, using the full width of the pitch, Green combining well with forward Tash Jordan and Willis working a partnership with brother Adam.
Unfortunately this good work was negated after ten minutes when St. Neots attacked on the left flank and Andre Williams slotted the ball past Hares keeper Jacob Ballheimer from ten yards out.
The Hares management and supporters were all thinking 'here we go again!' but not so the players. United kept to the game plan, with both wing backs surging forwards, forcing a string of corner kicks for the away side.
Young centre forward Robert Graham, in for the departed McLeish, took his opportunity to lead the line well, sometimes dropping a tad too deep, and went very close to scoring on a couple of occasions. If manager Jason Shaw keeps faith in this lad the goals will surely come.
After thirty six minutes Tash Jordan fired the ball home from a teasing Adam Willis left side in swinging corner. This was to be the start of an eight minute spell that would see United's number seven score a hat trick and add one for luck.
Three minutes later he smashed a low shot into the net, having been put through clear on goal. On forty one minutes he was again in the right place at the right time, scoring straight through the middle to complete his five minute hat trick and three minutes later it was that man again from another Adam Willis corner, this time from the right.
It was a much happier United committee who saw their team go into the break four one up. The second half saw much of the same, with Jordan having a shot saved from another Adam Willis corner just three minutes after the restart.
With the Hares cruising, gaffer Shaw made some changes, replacing centre back Calum Rogers with Blaise Riley-Snow on sixty seven minutes. A minute later midfielder Luke Baldwin nearly capped a powerful performance with a looping header that was tipped over the bar by Town's keeper. On seventy five minutes four goal hero Jordan was replaced by forward Jason Richards, minutes later Adam Willis was unfortunate not to score himself by chipping the keeper.
Hares boss Shaw made his final substitution with eleven minutes left to play, replacing the industrious Graham with son Sam Shaw, who went on to dazzle the shell shocked St. Neots' defence with his pace.
The game ended on a sour note. A Town defender took out Hares' attacker Richards on the touch line. Hares skipper Sean Mangan tried to calm the situation with players running in to remonstrate, whilst the referee ordered all other players to retreat, including Adam Wills who was waiting to take the free kick.
Willis was then unnecessarily booked for insisting he was only lining up the kick, the ref then realised his blunder and evened up the yellow cards by eventually calling over the St. Neots offender.
Full time then, four one to the Hares, leaving the jubilant United supporters celebrating on the long drive back from Cambridgeshire.
Whilst McLeish leaves with Harefield's best wishes and thanks for a good job done last season, there was delight within the Hares ranks after learning Southall had gone down 4-2 at home to Hadley.
After having lost their first two matches of the new season, the Hares have now got three points on the board and they hope to make that six when they play Winslow United at home.
The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 26th August.
Harefield Man of the Match. Four goal hero Tash Jordan.
HUFC team. Ballheimer, J. Willis, Green, Clark, Rogers, Mangan (capt), Jordan, Baldwin, Graham, A. Willis, Underwood. Subs. Richards, Riley-Snow, S.Shaw and Holland (unused).
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