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Melford end the year on a high

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Long Melford brought down the curtain on a wonderful year, with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Haverhill Rovers on Boxing Day.

Jamie Griffiths made no mistake from the penalty spot to give the Villagers the lead on 23 minutes.

Dan Swain and Griffiths combined superbly down the left flank to set up Nathan Rowe, who raced in to convert at the far post on the half hour mark.

Jules Mumford’s side made a positive start to the second-half and found themselves 3-0 up when Rowe netted his second and Melford’s third goal of the game in the 48th minute.

Griffiths struck the underside of the bar as the visitors went in search of more goals, in what was an impressive win in their final outing of 2015.

The Villagers are up to seventh in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table, and will begin 2016 by hosting second place Felixstowe and Walton United on Saturday (3pm).

n A three goal salvo by Hadleigh United helped them to a 3-0 win at Saffron Walden Town on Monday.

The opening goal came after 10 minutes when Scott Chaplin was tripped in the area and Danny Thrower netted the resultant penalty.

The Brettsiders doubled their lead on 41 minutes when Milo Downey’s perfect cross was headed back into the middle by David Lorimer for Aaron Churchyard to score first time.

Lorimer was on target himself in the 54th minute to complete the scoring and move Hadleigh up to 12th, ahead of hosting leaders Norwich United on Saturday (3pm).

n In the First Division, Halstead Town came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Haverhill Borough on Boxing Day.

Second-half goals from Tom Cook and Samuel Cripps helped rescue a point for Halstead, who finished the game playing against 10 men after Borough keeper Charlie Turner was sent off.

The Humbugs (seventh) visit Woodbridge Town for their first game of 2016 on Saturday (3pm).

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