Speedy leaders prove too hot to handle for Melford

CHALLENGE: Battling for the ball in the box at Stoneylands on Saturday, where leaders Mildenhall Town chalked up a victory over hosts Long Melford
CHALLENGE: Battling for the ball in the box at Stoneylands on Saturday, where leaders Mildenhall Town chalked up a victory over hosts Long Melford

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Long Melford 1

Mildenhall Town 3

League Leaders Mildenhall Town ended up with a comfortable victory against The Villagers on Saturday.

The home side could not deal with the speed, accuracy of passing and off the ball running of their visitors.

The home cause was not helped by a controversial penalty awarded by the referee just three minutes before half-time.

Mildenhall were in control early on, and the first goal came after 11 minutes when a cross from the Melford right flank was not cleared, allowing the unmarked Chris Bacon to plant his header wide of keeper Darren Moyes.

This was followed by a succession of misses by Mildenhall, with Steve Spriggs firing over the bar from only six yards out, and some poor finishing from Dan Brown with two attempts from five yards, the latter effort being a yard wide.

At the other end, Melford levelled after 34 minutes when a long throw found makeshift striker Ashley Skeggs, who fired home from nine yards.

Disaster hit Melford three minutes before half-time. Defender Dan Smith slid into a tackle, putting the ball into touch, but vociferous appeals from Mildenhall that he had taken the player before the ball produced a penalty. Matt Green sent Moyes the wrong way.

Although Melford soldiered on in the second half they seemed to lack in fire and creativity, with some poor final balls when they got forward.

Two goal-line clearances by Anthony Waugh kept Melford alive, and Mildenhall were unlucky when a forceful header from Brown hit the bar and went out of play.

With little hold-up play up front, the Melford defence were under constant pressure coping with the lively Mildenhall forwards. The visitors added to the score after 82 minutes, when a dreadful back pass from Reece Clarke to Moyes fell into path of Lee Clift, who rifled the ball into the undefended net. Unfortunately, giving away soft goals is proving a common trait for Melford these days.

Long Melford: Moyes, Smith (Chisholm 69), Collins, R Waugh, Adams, A Waugh, Rowe, Clarke, Skeggs, Wingfield, Cassius (LePage 85). Sub not used: Barnes.

n Melford are away to Ely City in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday (3pm).

n Melford are looking for a manager to take charge of the club’s Thurlow Nunn Reserve League side with immediate effect. Joint managers Edd Keogh and James Janzen have stepped down.

Anyone interested should contact chairman Colin Woodhouse on 07720 598479 or send a message through the website: longmelfordfootballclub.com

n Cornard United were beaten 3-2 at March Town United in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Saturday, fighting back from 2-0 and 3-1 down, and seeing an injury-time free kick tipped over the bar.

Cornard are at home to league newcomers Framlingham Town on Saturday (3pm).