THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Long Melford 6
Newmarket Town 1
Long Melford dismounted the Jockeys of Newmarket Town with an outstanding second-half performance at the weekend.
Only two minutes into the game Melford were ahead. Some good work between Scott Yearling and Reece Clarke resulted in a poor defensive clearance, which went straight to the feet of Jamie Griffiths, who from 15 yards thumped the ball into the net.
The home side continued to be in the driving seat and it was no surprise when they went further ahead on 19 minutes.
From a Clarke corner, Yearling headed across the box where Griffiths was placed to volley home.
The second goal seemed to give the Villagers a little bit of a rest period, with Newmarket coming back into the game as Josh Parnell headed straight into the arms of Sam Mansfield.
The second-half opened with Melford in attack, as Harry Fryer and Griffiths both had efforts blocked on the line.
The best player in the Newmarket team, Deakan Napier, got the visitors back into the game when he spotted Mansfield off his line and lobbed the Melford goalkeeper from 25 yards.
Newmarket’s hopes were shortlived though as on 63 minutes Melford got a third goal to go 3-1 up. Griffiths played in Nathan Rowe, who picked his spot from the edge of the box.
Two minutes later further drama followed, Newmarket’s Alfie Ball brought down Ross Waugh in the box and was shown a red card.
Griffiths was denied his hat-trick goal though, as visiting keeper Lachie Allan kept out his penalty.
But three minutes later Griffiths did complete his hat-trick, heading home a Clarke corner, before Clarke himself got on the scoresheet.
Six minutes from the end Yearling ran through to fire home via a slight deflection to make it 6-1.
Long Melford: Mansfield, Dalziel (Bedingham 70), Jackson (Fryer 45), Clark (Smith 70), R Waugh, A Waugh, Swain, Clarke, Yearling, Griffiths, Rowe.