Sloots signing could be key in Melford’s league title battle

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Long Melford manager Jules Mumford believes the acquisition of Ashley Sloots could prove pivotal in the Villagers’ Thurlow Nunn League First Division title quest.

The left back, who joined from Hadleigh United, made his debut as Melford moved to within a point of leaders Saffron Walden Town with a convincing 3-1 win over Braintree Town Reserves ahead of trip to fourth-placed Swaffham Town on Saturday (3pm).

“Ashley can make the difference for us,” said Mumford. “His experience will be key and I’m sure he will help to keep us in the mix.”

Hadleigh United will be aiming to halt a disappointing run in the Premier Division when they host table topping Norwich United on Saturday.

The Brettsiders go into the game on the back of successive 2-0 defeats, the latest coming at home to Felixstowe and Walton United.

Another side looking to end a poor run of from is Halstead Town, who have had no win in six in the First Division ahead of hosting high-flying Debenham LC (3pm).

AFC Sudbury Reserves will be aiming to build on a 1-1 draw with Halstead when they travel to Stowmarket Town (3pm).

Cornard United’s clash with Team Bury was postponed on Tuesday.