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Mumford’s winning run to capture the championship

THIS WAY: Long Melford manager Jules Mumford is hoping he can point his side towards taking top spot in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division
THIS WAY: Long Melford manager Jules Mumford is hoping he can point his side towards taking top spot in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division

Long Melford need to win more than 90 per cent of their 11 remaining Thurlow Nunn League First Division fixtures to be crowned champions.

That is the view of manager Jules Mumford, who is targeting 10 three-point hauls from their last 11 games to make it the most memorable season in the Villagers’ history.

Melford return from a 14-day enforced break since they steamrolled now seventh-placed March Town United 6-0, looking to build up a new head of steam when fourth-from-bottom Woodbridge Town visit Stoneylands on Saturday (3pm).

“I think we will need more than eight wins,” said Mumford. “I think to win the league we will need 10.”

Melford are currently just two points off leaders Saffron Walden Town, having played a game more, but Mumford believes as long as they take care of their own fixtures, they can be left sitting top of the tree.

“All the sides around us have got to play each other, but we just need to concentrate on ourselves,” he said.

Recent addition to the frontline, Shaun Bartlett, will be looking to carry on his bright start, having scored two in two games, with his goals added to a team who have now scored 32 times in their last eight games, since their last defeat, at Halstead.

“We have had a few clean sheets in there as well, so things are looking good,” said Mumford, whose side can achieve their first step up to the Premier by finishing in any of the top three places.

Third-placed Hadleigh United look to be playing for second in the Premier Division with leaders Norwich United 15 points ahead with three games in hand.

Manager Ian Brown, who boasts a perfect record after four games, took great delight with his side’s character to come from a goal down to win 2-1 at Kirkley and Pakefield on Saturday, ahead of tomorrow’s game at Felixstowe and Walton United (Friday 7.45pm).

Ex-Ipswich Wanderers defender Nile Francis, 20, will be hoping to make his debut, while winger Matt Downing has returned to the club.

Halstead Town, who won 3-1 at Braintree Town Reserves on Saturday with goals from Karl Andrade, Llewellyn Evans and Lee Green, will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday (3pm)to book their place in the First Division Knockout Cup final.

AFC Sudbury Reserves — who lost 2-1 at March Town United on Saturday (Mitchell Schofield) — host Haverhill Borough in the other semi-final on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Halstead host Swaffham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Bottom side Cornard United lost 3-0 at King’s Lynn Town Reserves on Saturday and are without a game until a week Saturday.

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