Mumford targets two wins to seal safety for Melford
Jules Mumford believes two more wins should be enough to keep his Long Melford side in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division next season.
Ahead of last night’s scheduled trip to Godmanchester Rovers, The Villagers sat in 17th place in the table and were five points and two places above the relegation zone.
A run of three straight defeats, which followed Mumford’s side picking up an impressive 13 points from the previous five fixtures, has left the Stoneylands-based outfit looking over their shoulder once again.
But Melford boss Mumford is hopeful his side can pick up two more wins before the season is out and ensure they remain in the Thurlow Nunn’s top flight for a third consecutive season.
“All the teams we’ve got left to play are all sort of around us in the table, so it’s down to us” he said.
“I believe we need two wins really to get us safe, so it’s down to us now.
“If we don’t get the two wins then it would have been nine games without a win to finish the season, and at the business end of the season that’s not good enough.”
Melford’s recent losing run extended to three matches at Stoneylands on Saturday after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Walsham-le-Willows.
Lacking their usual cohesion and movement, The Villagers were the architects of their own downfall, conceding two soft goals.
The first came after three minutes, defensive miskicks and a surrender of possession allowed Jack Brame room down the Melford left flank and his strike towards goal was deflected into the net by home captain Steve Adams.
After 16 minutes Walsham should have gone further ahead, but somehow from seven yards Sam Peters shot wide of an open goal.
On 34 minutes Melford levelled when a poor Walsham back pass was picked up by David Lorimer, who chipped the ball over visiting goalkeeper Craig Brand.
It was a better second half for Melford, but the winner came for the Willows after 53 minutes.
Andy Wood was allowed time and space and his shot from 25 yards saw Melford goalkeeper Darren Moyes push the ball into his own net.
Although the hosts turned up the heat and Adams was unlucky when his header was hooked off the line, Melford will rue over how they managed to lose this crucial game.
The Villagers return to action in two weeks when they travel to Fakenham Town on Saturday, April 15 (3pm).
Melford finish their season with home games against Hadleigh United (April 17) and Swaffham Town (April 22) and a trip to Kirkley & Pakefield (April 29).