Mumford hoping new boys will give Villagers a boost

AWAY DEFEAT: Reece Clarke pictured on the ball for Long Melford during their 3-1 defeat away to Newmarket Town at the weekend
AWAY DEFEAT: Reece Clarke pictured on the ball for Long Melford during their 3-1 defeat away to Newmarket Town at the weekend

Long Melford manager Jules Mumford is hoping the new signings brought in this week will give everyone at the club a timely boost.

The Villagers head into a home clash with Brantham Athletic on Saturday (3pm) in a bad run of form which has seen them drop to 17th in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.

A 4-0 defeat at home to Felixstowe and Walton United on Tuesday saw Melford exit the Suffolk Premier Cup at the first hurdle, and extended their losing run to six games in all competitions.

Mumford handed debuts to Mark Yearling, brother of Melford striker Scott, and Ross Elkins, a new signing from Haverhill Rovers, on Tuesday, and is hoping to bring in two new additions in time for this weekend.

“We’ve been performing well, but as soon as we make a mistake we are getting punished,” the Villagers boss said.

“We’ve been creating more chances and the boys are working hard.

“There’s a good spine in the team and we’ve boosted the squad with the two new signings, which should bring more competitiveness in the squad.

“I’m hoping to bring in two more in time for Saturday as well.”

After finishing ninth in their debut campaign in the Premier Division last term, the Villagers have since found it tricky to replicate that form so far this season.

Last weekend saw Melford make the trip to high-flyers Newmarket Town, with Scott Yearling putting Mumford’s side in front midway through the first half with a fine volley.

But Newmarket hit back with three unanswered goals to run out 3-1 winners, a result which leaves Melford just one point above the bottom three.

Melford will be looking to end their recent run of defeats when Brantham visit Stoneylands this Saturday, but to do so they will need to shut out one of the strongest attacking line-ups in the division.

Ollie Mann, who was at higher league Needham Market last season, has scored 10 goals in 12 league games for the Imps, while Ben Newson, a recent signing from league rivals Stanway Rovers, has fired in three goals in four appearances since his arrival.

“Brantham are a very good side so it will be another really tough game for us,” said Mumford, who will welcome back Steve Adams, Ashley Skeggs and Hassan Ally to the squad for this weekend.

“We’re in a rut at the moment but hopefully we can end that on Saturday.”