THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Downham Town 1
Long Melford 3
Long Melford earned themselves another good win under new manager Jules Mumford on a difficult surface at Downham Town.
The opening 10 minutes were dominated by Downham, with Melford on the backfoot and Matt Bussens shaved the Melford post with a fierce shot, followed by a 30-yard free-kick from Simon Bird which just cleared the Melford crossbar.
It was a scrappy game, but Melford offered some threat going forward when Jack Durey almost beat keeper Luke Pearson to a long throughball.
Eventually, on 24 minutes, Melford took the lead.
Goalkeepr Sam Mansfield’s free-kick from the halfway line found the Downham penalty area, Courtney Price controlled the bounce and passed it on to Errol Durrell, who struck the ball well and found the net from the edge of the box.
Shortly after, Durell had another effort blocked just outside the goal-line.
The Villagers were starting to function as a team and Will Wingfield ran at the Downham defence and put his effort just over the bar.
The second half started much as the first period with Melford defending without any real conviction, but the home team were unable to capitalise.
After 64 minutes, Melford went further ahead.
Harry Fryer’s long throw into the box caused problems for the home defence, Will Wingfield brought the ball down into the path of 16-year-old Sam Bayliss, who rifled the ball home from 10 yards.
The lead was consolidated on 87 minutes when wing-back Bayliss was through on goal, only to be flattened in the penalty area.
Up stepped Will Wingfield to place the ball neatly into the net, sending keeper Pearson the wrong way.
When the game seemed to be finished, as in the last game against Cornard, Melford lost concentration and Bird scored a consolation goal from the edge of the box in the final minute.
Melford: Mansfield, Bayliss, Toole, Durell (Hubbard 75), Crissell, Owen, Durey, Statham, W Wingfield, Prince (Westcott 65), Fryer.
AND EAST ESSEX
Cinque Port 1
It was a comfortable passage into the semi-final in the end for Stoke after having to come from behind.
Cinque Port took the lead with a controversial goal before Stoke’s Kieran Dilloway had a penalty saved.
However, they were awarded a further spot-kick and this time Paul Dodsworth made no mistake to level the scores.
Dilloway tapped in the first of his brace from close range and Dodsworth went on to take his tally to a five ahead of last night’s scheduled Amos Cup final with Boxford.