All the pressure is on Walden, says manager

ON TARGET: Sam Bayliss provided the header to put Melford into a 2-0 lead at Swaffham Town on Saturday, before being pegged back to 2-2
ON TARGET: Sam Bayliss provided the header to put Melford into a 2-0 lead at Swaffham Town on Saturday, before being pegged back to 2-2

Long Melford manager Jules Mumford insists the pressure will be on Saffron Walden Town when the table-toppers meet on Saturday (3pm).

The Villagers went above the Bloods by drawing 2-2 at Swaffham Town on Saturday, but have played three games more than Walden, who they share the same number of points with in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

Despite throwing away a two-goal lead at Swaffham, Mumford was pleased with his side’s showing and is looking forward to this weekend’s big clash.

“It looks like it is Saffron Walden’s league to lose, so we will play against them with nothing to lose,” said the Villagers’ boss, who will be sweating on the fitness of striker Jack Durey after he limped off with a groin problem on Saturday.

“We’re enjoying the big games because usually at this time of the season we are playing for pride.”

Melford dominated the first half playing down the slope at Swaffham and took the lead in the fifth minute when Dan Swain smashed home a left-footed strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Sam Bayliss planted a superb header into the net from Jamie Griffiths’ cross to double the visitors’ lead, but Griffiths was kept out by a superb double save on the stroke of half-time and when the hosts had the slope in the second half it was all change.

With Alex Vincent dictating the game, Matthew Castellan and Matthew Parkinson brought Swaffham level from corners.

Joe Jackson almost won it for the Norfolk outfit, but his free-kick hit the bar.

“Losing would have been a tough result for us to take,” said Mumford. “We’re disappointed because we were 2-0 up, but to get a point is pleasing.”

Cornard United host Friday night football against Stowmarket Town tomorrow (8pm), while Halstead Town visit Needham 
Market Reserves on Saturday (3pm).

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