Long Melford just edged out

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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Long Melford 0

Ipswich Wanderers 1

Long Melford were edged out 1-0 by Ipswich Wanderers, who atoned for their September defeat at home to their rivals.

Both teams were below par, but overall the visitors did enough to squeeze out a result.

Early play saw the Wanderers take a grip of the game and they went ahead after only eight minutes, a wide free kick from Tom Bradlaugh evaded the flailing hands of keeper Sam Mansfield and Billy Holland was left with a simple tap in at the far post.

Inresponse, Jamie Griffiths saw a shot blocked and Josh Dalziel pumped the rebound over the bar.

From good positions both Ben Deacon and Jack Severy were unable to convert for the visitors.

After the break the hosts looked more positive, with Jamie Griffiths shooting narrowly off target and seeing a last-gasp effort saved, Steve Adams prodding wide and Dalziel seeing an effort blocked.

For the Wanderers, Severy and Ben Deacon failed to convert.

Melford: Mansfield, Dalziel, Chisholm (Adams 81), Clark (Bayliss 45), R. Waugh, A. Waugh, Yearling, Swain, Hayden (Clarke 45), Griffiths, Rowe.

l Halstead returned to action for the first time in three weeks, earning a point with a 1-1 draw at Great Yarmouth in this top-of-the-table Thurlow Nunn First Division clash.

Debutant Sam Cripps, who had already struck the post, put Halstead in front in the 72nd minute, outjumping the keeper to finish off a Charlie Pleace punt.

But the scores were level three minutes into injury time as McEvoy netted after keeper Luke Banner spilled the ball.

Halstead: Banner, Pleace, Hurkett, Spriggs, Farthing, Chesney (Elkins), Brown Hutchings (Abbott), Cripps, Murray (Passley) and Warren.

l Cornard Dynamos under-12s Reds lost 4-2 at Lexden, Alfie Mansell and Jack Ingram on target after the side trailed 4-0 at the break.

l Cornard Dynamos under-12s Blues drew 2-2 at Stanway Rovers Reds with Morgan Waldock and Harvey Clare on the scoresheet.

l Long Melford Colts under-15s won 5-4 at home against Ipswich Valley Rangers.

Freddie McCracken (three) and Zinzan Forster (two) were on target.