Goal-den gifts as Melford humbled

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RIDGEONS LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Whitton United 7

Long Melford 1

FOR Melford this game resembled a pantomime performance augmented by some Christmas gift-wrapped goals to the home team.

The Villagers seemed to be fazed from the start with a mind boggling 4-2-4 system, although the opening promised much after they took the lead after only six minutes with Grindrod crossing from the left for Dean Costello to convert.

Back came Whitton with Inglis, running the game from his unmarked position in midfield, putting in Wright whose shot was charged down by keeper Wood, but Josiah followed up the rebound to fire home.

In between the Whitton pressure both Costello and Daw had shots that shaved the home crossbar, but the spotlight was focused mainly on the Melford goal.

In quick succession Wood made two excellent goal-line saves and then Grindrod cleared an Inglis drive off the line.

Just before half-time Cowan was hacked down from behind in cynical fashion by Shade, who was lucky to escape the attention of the referee, and the Melford player could not resume in the second period.

It was showboat time for Whitton in the second half with play concentrated in the Melford half.

Josiah skated his way past the home defence, scoring with an angled drive and after 59 minutes Whitton increased their lead with veteran defender Shade firing home with the help of a deflection.

The drama turned into further tragedy for Melford when defender Crissell was red-carded for a tangle with Wright, the referee deeming the Melford central defender had prevented a goal-scoring chance.

It was now a matter of counting the goals. Nita turned in the box and fired into the net, shortly followed by Lockwood losing the ball to Clarke who whacked the ball home from close range.

The final act for Melford saw Nita adding a further goal 13 minutes from the end, with the finale being provided by Wright who scored with a glancing header just two minutes from time.

An encore for the rampant Whitton team, but some real problem solving for a Melford team who have collapsed to the bottom reaches of the league table after such a promising start to the season.

Melford: Wood, O’Sullivan, Grindod, Green, Crissell, Shipton, Dean Costello, Earl (Sharp 70), Daw (Bull 73), Cowan (Walker 45), Lockwood.