Winning start for Mumford in the Long Melford hotseat

WINNING START: Jules Mumford, pictured in the dugout for Long Melford in December, has stepped up from assistant manager to take charge of the team
WINNING START: Jules Mumford, pictured in the dugout for Long Melford in December, has stepped up from assistant manager to take charge of the team

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

March Town United 0

Long Melford 3

New Long Melford manager Jules Mumford was delighted to get his reign as the Villagers’ boss off to a winning start at March Town United.

Mumford will be supported in the dugout by Nick Guyon as his assistant as Melford prepare to host Debenham LC on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to high-flying Cambridge University Press on Tuesday (7.45pm).

And with several youngsters brought through by former boss Robbie Benson continuing to impress, such as Wingfield brothers Tom and Will, there will be no overhaul of the Suffolk side’s squad.

“I’ve had two opportunities before, but turned it down,” said Mumford. “But when Rob jacked it in and the club offered it to me, this time around it was right.

“I was absolutely delighted to get the win on Saturday.”

March started in a frenetic fashion, forcing several corners, but Chaise Guyon was in position to clear a goal-bound shot from Danny Emmington off the line.

The early flurry of pressure over, Melford got into a rhythm and after 26 minutes deservedly took the lead.

It was to be a family affair with 17-year-old Will Wingfield splitting the home defence with a fine pass, straight to the feet of his 16-year-old brother Tom, who carefully picked his spot to shoot home past keeper Ben Collett.

The home team started the second half in determined fashion, but the Melford defence held up well, with the home team going closest with a header from Robbie Masters that cleared the bar.

Again the Villagers threatened and Tom Wingfield dribbled into the box, with the keeper diving to his left to make a fine save.

It was even closer minutes later when a pull back by Jack Durey found Guyon, whose piledriver hit the boot of keeper Collett and flew wide of the goal.

The game was held up for nearly 30 minutes when March player Sam Darlow was stretchered off with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

When play resumed, another threatening run by Will Wingfield took the Melford youngster into the March penalty area, where he was bundled over by Mikey Anker.

Guyon duly converted the resultant penalty to make it 2-0 before setting up Courtney Prince, who sidestepped keeper Collett to find the net.

Melford: Mansfield, Bayliss, Toole, Thomas, Crissell, Owen, Durey (Westcott 55) Guyon, T Wingfield, W Wingfield (Prince 78) Attwood. Unused subs: Hubbard, Melia.

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier, Hadleigh United host Norwich United on Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, in the First Division, Cornard United travel to Braintree Town Reserves, and Halstead Town visit Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday (both 3pm).

Halstead also host Braintree Town Reserves on Tuesday (7.45pm).