Melford fight back to secure first win

Long Melford 2 Swaffham Town 1

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Long Melford 2

Swaffham Town 1

MELFORD registered their first league win of the season in their sixth game after a great team performance against a Swaffham team who were fifth going into Saturday’s match.

The first half saw Melford create lots of chances, but were unable to find the net, with Richard Partridge seeing a shot hacked off the line by Dwayne Hockton.

At the other end, the excellent ball play by Alex Vincent had the Melford defence on high alert, and keeper Sam Mansfield did well to hold a firm drive from Michael Thompson, with Vincent following up for the rebound.

Overall it was a surprise when Swaffham went ahead after 32 minutes as Melford had looked well in control.

But a succession of failed clearances saw the ball run to star striker Joe Jackson, who made no mistake rifling the ball home from the angle.

Just before the half-time whistle, Melford almost levelled when a Dan Statham free-kick was eventually cleared by the Pedlars’ defence.

The second period went much as the first with Melford having plenty of possession, but failing to turn chances into goals.

The home team introduced Luke Simpson from the bench which allowed Ashley Skeggs to move up front from his deputising role as central defender for the absent Errol Durell, away on a work duty.

This change seemed to work with Skeggs narrowly wide with an effort that just cleared the bar.

Finally justice arrived after 82 minutes when from a Chaise 
Guyon corner the ball came loose to the edge of the box and 
Luke Simpson crashed the ball 
home in spectacular fashion.

Three minutes later and Melford were ahead, the impressive Jack Durey chipped the Swaffham defence and in classic style Ashley Skeggs lobbed the advancing keeper Scott Cruikshank, to give Melford a well deserved lead.

Right on time Melford almost increased that lead when keeper Cruikshank came off his line and pushed the ball back into play to 17-year-old Jack Hubbard, whose low hard shot hard rebounded and was cleared downfield.

Melford: Mansfield, Attwood, Williams, Guyon, Skeggs, Owen, Durey, Dan Statham, Martin Westcott (Hubbard 62), Richard Partridge (Luke Simpson 51), Will Wingfield. Unused sub: Chris Toole.