Melford’s sloppy defending costs them in poor display

TWO IN THREE: After Tuesday Ashley Skeggs has scored twice in three games since returning to Long Melford from Diss Town
TWO IN THREE: After Tuesday Ashley Skeggs has scored twice in three games since returning to Long Melford from Diss Town

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Debenham LC 4

Long Melford 2

Long Melford put in their poorest display of the season on Tuesday night against the worst opposition they have faced at Debenham LC.

The hosts were able to taking advantage of some poor defensive play in a mediocre game.

It was Melford who went ahead after 16 minutes when Sam Bayliss crossed and Ashley Skeggs headed wide of Sam Chilvers in the home goal.

But within three minutes the home team had levelled.

Given plenty of time and space, Jerome Haynes crossed into the box and the diminutive Jack Seccombe outjumped the Melford defence to head home.

Nothing of any further significance emerged in the game until the 63rd minute.

Home captain Rob Kemp showed it pays to shoot from as far as 25 yards to put the home team ahead.

The over-fussy official impacted on the game after 66 minutes when Debenham were reduced to 10 men when former Melford player Jamie Gregory was sent off for his second yellow card offence.

Four minutes later, Melford again paid he price for ball watching and avoiding a challenge, allowing Seccombe to pick his spot for his second goal of the evening.

On the final stroke of normal time, Melford got a goal back when a Joe Harvey corner was headed home in fine fashion by Chris McMahon.

There was just time for the evergreen Kemp in the last minute to charge on the Melford goal from the halfway line unimpeded and rifle home from the edge of the box.

Overall Melford will have to look at why they are conceding goals so easily and will need to make some real efforts if they are not going to struggle for the rest of the season.

Melford: Mansfield, Bayliss (Abbott 78), Toole (Newton 78), Roy, Whitwell (Fryer 60), McMahon, Simpson, Harvey, Skeggs, T Wingfield, W Wingfield. Sub not used: Zarelli.