Element of surprise gone for Melford, says manager
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Kirkley & Pakefield 5
Long Melford 0
Jules Mumford has admitted that his Long Melford side have been worked out by opposing teams in recent weeks.
Following their promotion from the First Division last May, Melford initially acquitted themselves well in the top flight and looked to be on course for a top-six finish.
However, a five-game winless run has seen Mumford’s men drop down to eighth and, speaking after the latest loss away at Kirkley, the manager conceded that his side are no longer a surprise package.
“Teams have learned all about us from the first games,” he said.
“They have done their homework and now our major threats are finding themselves tightly marked.
“We are trying some different things but it is not coming off.”
Melford have the chance to stop the rot when Haverhill Rovers visit Stoneylands on Easter Monday (3pm).
Rovers are a side in freefall following a number of changes on and off the pitch, which Mumford has claimed puts the pressure on his players.
“They have had their whole team wiped out and now have youngsters, so the expectation is on us,” he added.
“It will be a tough game but we are looking forward to it.
“It is important that we start scoring again and get three points on the board. We need that confidence boost.”
n In the First Division, Cornard United were held to a 0-0 draw by Stowmarket Town on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Tracey’s men now face a trip to promotion hopefuls Ely City this Saturday (3pm), before they play host to Halstead Town on Easter Monday (3pm).
Cornard are without a victory in their last two outings, having won their three previous matches prior to that.
n Any hope that AFC Sudbury Reserves had of making a late surge for the promotion places look to have been ended by back-to-back defeats.
On Saturday, they were hammered 4-1 away at King’s Lynn’s second string.
Then, on Tuesday, they slipped to a 1-0 loss at second from bottom Team Bury.
The Yellows travel to Downham Town this Saturday (3pm), with a home encounter against Braintree Town Reserves to come on Easter Monday (3pm).
nIn the Premier Division, Hadleigh United do not have game scheduled for Easter Monday, but they are due to travel to Thetford Town on Saturday (3pm).