Villagers to host Iron in friendly

Long Melford have announced their first four friendlies of pre-season, including the return of Conference Premier side Braintree Town to Stoneylands.

The Iron will visit Jules Mumford’s side on Saturday, July 12 (3pm), to kick-off Melford’s pre-season fixtures this summer.

The Villagers will also entertain Ryman League Division One North outfit Brightlingsea Regent on Friday, July 18 (7.45pm), before hosting Essex and Suffolk Border League’s Barnston AFC on Tuesday, July 22 (7.45pm).

Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side FC Clacton visit Stoneylands on Friday July 25 (7.45pm) in the other friendly announced so far.

Mumford was pleased with how his team’s first pre-season training session went last Wednesday.

“Training went really well and I’m pleased with the signings that we’re going to make,” he said.