Melford struggle to cope with strong wind

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RIDGEONS LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Diss Town 2

Long Melford 0

IN a game spoilt by a brisk wind down the pitch, the visitors were hit by two late goals from the Tangerines.

With the wind at their backs, Diss controlled the first half, but were foiled by some poor finishing and some courageous defending from the Melford defence, with the central pair of Skeggs and Durell in outstanding form.

Melford’s Paul Wood made excellent saves from Bryant and Partridge early on, followed by another effort from Catchpole, which hit the Melford post and came back into play. It took Melford 30 minutes to show any attacking play with Shipton seeing his shot deflected wide of the Diss goal.

The second half saw Melford take advantage of the wind, soaking up the pressure and hitting the home team on the break. Twice good chances were spurned with Lockwood and Daw through on goal to be foiled by keeper Webster.

With Biscoe pausing and about to put the ball into touch with Daw writhing injured on the ground, the ball was snapped up by a Diss front man, and while running into the box it was adjudged a Melford defender had committed a foul. But Wood saved Watts-Sturrock’s spot kick.

Again Melford had a good opportunity, this time Daw outpaced the home defence, only for Webster to advance off his line and smother the shot. At the other end Moody saw his header pushed over the bar by Wood, and in another attack a header from King hit the bar with Durell clearing the follow-up shot from Partridge off the line. The clock was running down and it looked as though Melford’s fight was to see them rewarded, but that hope was extinguished in the last five minutes.

Jumping high for a cross, Skeggs was penalised by the match official for a foul, and from the resultant penalty Sam Bryant smashed the ball home. Straight from the kick off Catchpole found the ball at his feet in the Melford box, evading two tackles he rifled the ball into the net giving keeper Wood no chance. But without doubt success is getting closer for the brave Suffolk outfit.

Melford: Wood, Barnes, O’Sullivan, Fleming, Skeggs, Durell, Biscoe, Shipton, Lockwood, Daw, Walker. Subs: Earl, Crissell, Sharp,Cawtheray.