Melford throw away another lead

PRESSURE: Melford's Carl Daw, who scored for Melford, slides in to make a tackle
PRESSURE: Melford's Carl Daw, who scored for Melford, slides in to make a tackle
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RIDGEONS LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Long Melford 1

Godmanchester Rovers 3

THE home team lurched deeper into trouble with another below-par performance against a rampant Godmanchester who were always too slick and quick for Melford, who looked to be in disarray and at times showed an air of despair.

Just like their previous fixture, the Villagers threw away their lead due to shoddy work, and were for most of the game well below the required standard.

Bass, the best player on the field, should have put Rovers in the lead twice within the opening five minutes, but keeper Paul Wood made two great saves.

The opening goal came after 14 minutes. A great ball from Ashley Skeggs put in Carl Daw, who finished in clinical fashion.

Within a few minutes, Daw was unlucky when his shot hit the post and came back into play.

The leveller came on 36 minutes when the jittery Melford defence allowed in Bass, and his shot went in via the outstretched leg of defender Errol Durell.

The second half had just commenced and again Melford, in a far from positive mood, missed a clearance and Hyems had the easy job to convert from close range.

Changes to the Melford personnel did at least make some impact, with both Sam Biscoe and Daniel Grindrod putting some punch into a midfield which had been so ineffective for most of the first half.

But another mix-up in the Melford defence let in Bass, who somehow managed to fire wide with the goal at his mercy.

After 84 minutes, man-of-the-match Bass scored from an unmarked position down the Melford left flank.

A flurry at the other end saw Martin Westcott have his shot hooked off the line and keeper Card make an agile save from Skeggs’ header.

In all, a deserved win for Godmanchester, but for Melford thoughts must be turning to avoiding the bottom of the league, and unless attitudes change and more method is applied, that will undoubtedly be a reality.

Long Melford: Wood; Thomas, Waterfield (Grindod 53), Walker (Biscoe 45), Durell, Flack, Ashley Williams (Barnes 66), Skeggs, Daw, Westcott, Swallow. Unused sub: Shipton.

l Melford were beaten 3-1 at home by Brightlingsea Regent the previous Wednesday, despite taking a 29th-minute lead through Errol Durrell.

The visitors replied with three second-half goals.