Clinical Melford ensure unhappy return for Maher

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After seeing far more of the ball, Saffron Wadlen and their ex-Melford assistant manager Jason Maher, left Stoneylands pointless after some clinical finishing from Long Melford in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Saturday.

Despite withstanding heavy pressure from a side joint-fourth in the league with ex-professionals in their ranks, the hosts went into in front after Nathan Rowe fired past ex-Melford goalkeeper Paul Wood from 20 yards, following a run from Jack Durey on 17 minutes.

Within four minutes they doubled their lead through Ross Waugh.

Straight after the restart, Walden pulled a goal back after Sam Newton handled from a corner.

Former QPR midfielder Stuart Wardley’s penalty smashed the bar, but Shuan Avis reacted quickest to turn in the rebound.

Wood brought down Durey as Melford stretched their lead from Rowe’s penalty after 50 minutes, but their task was made more difficult when midfielder Joe Harvey was shown a straight red card.

The visitors continued to be frustrated though and substitute Tom Wingfield took advantage of some pedestrian defending to finish with an angled shot from 15 yards for a memorable victory.

n Melford are not in action again until December 28, when they host Haverhill Borough (3pm).

Melford: Mansfield, Waugh, Whitehart, Low, Skeggs, Owen, Durey (Wingfield 78), Barnes, Rowe, Harvey, Newton. Not used: Binfield, Toole.Attendance: 65