Melford players targeted

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Leading scorer Jack Durey suffered a broken collarbone during Saturday’s defeat by Halstead Town, and two other key Long Melford players could be leaving after approaches by other clubs.

Durey was injured attempting an overhead kick and, after visiting the fracture clinic at West Suffolk Hospital, has to wait three weeks before starting physiotherapy.

Manager Robbie Benson is getting accustomed to losing senior players to injury, but now faces the possible departure of both Ashley Skeggs and Justin Crissell.

Diss Town, where former Melford manager Jason Maher is now assistant manager, have put in a seven-day notice of approach for Skeggs, and both Team Bury and Whitton United have made approaches for Crissell, currently out injured.

“I have spoken to the players, and I don’t want to lose them,” said Benson, “but we will have to see what develops.”

But Benson is delighted with the progress of his younger players, with both Will Wingfield and Jack Hubbard now claiming regular first team spots.

The Villagers will field a new signing in their home game against Newmarket Town on Saturday (3pm), Liam Whitwell’s move from Cornard United being completed this week.

Goalkeeper Sam Mansfield, seriously injured in a traffic accident last month, which necessitated major surgery, is almost certainly out until March.

n Following Friday’s 10-0 First Division Knockout Cup defeat by Braintree Reserves, Cornard United owner/manager Chris Symes has decided to hand over the reins and appoint a manager/player manager to run the team. Anyone interested should contact him on 07811 096 832.