Halstead Town come from behind to seal derby win at Melford

NEW SPONSOR: Josh Brooks (centre) from new Long Melford home kit sponsors Infinity Nightclub in Sudbury with manager Jules Mumford (left) and coach Nick Guyon (right)
NEW SPONSOR: Josh Brooks (centre) from new Long Melford home kit sponsors Infinity Nightclub in Sudbury with manager Jules Mumford (left) and coach Nick Guyon (right)

Long Melford 2 Halstead Town 4

Halstead Town came from two goals down at Long Melford on Wednesday night to win 4-2.

After summer signing Joe Harvey fired Melford ahead on his debut after 10 minutes from latest new recruit Ashley Skeggs’ cut-back, 10 minutes later it was 2-0 when 16-year-old Tom Wingfield fired home.

But Halstead came back in the second half with Andy Joslin’s penalty for a handball proving to be a turning point.

It was followed by goals from Jordan Hutchings, James Regan and Gareth Thomas, who transferred to Halstead from Melford earlier in the summer.

Meanwhile, Ashley Skeggs has re-signed for Long Melford to add some firepower to the Villagers’ attack.

With last season’s joint top scorer Jack Durey sidelined with an ankle injury and other eight-goal marksman Will Wingfield struggling with a hand injury and set to head off to university, versatile player Skeggs will be deployed in the forward line.

“He is a winner and can play in a number of positions,” said Mumford, who signed the combative player from Premier Division Diss Town where he made 20 appearances since joining from Melford in November, playing as a central midfielder.

“He has a lot of experience and should be able to help the youngsters out.

“We have got a good midfield when they are fully fit, but Will Wingfield goes to university shortly and we need some firepower.”

With a host of unavailable players, Mumford also added former Downham Town, Saffron Walden and Diss Town Reserves central midfielder Alex Zarelli to his squad ahead of the 3-0 opening day defeat to Swaffham Town.

“He did okay for us considering it was his first time in a new team,” said the Melford boss.

He added the Villagers, will be looking to pick up points over two away games in four days, at Stowmarket Town on Saturday (3pm) and Debenham LC on Tuesday (7.45pm).