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Match Report v Wivenhoe Town

Wivenhoe Town 1 - 4 Long Melford

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division - Saturday 21 October 2017

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This was Melford's second "six pointer" in the space of four days; after the midweek defeat to Haverhill Borough this was a positive response and a valuable three points.

With a number of players sidelined due to injury, and with the team’s lack of goals a cause for concern, captain Steve Adams was given the number 9 shirt to spearhead the Melford attack, with Nathan Rowe in behind. 

The Waugh brothers Ross and Ant were paired together at centre-back, while both full-backs – Dan Smith on the right and Ashley Sloots on the left – were making their first starts of the season. 

From the off, Melford stated their intentions and after a couple of decent chances were not taken, they did get their noses in front with little more than ten minutes played. 

A trademark dart down the left took Hassan Ally to the byline and he pulled back to STEVE ADAMS in space eight yards out to tuck away expertly. 

Somehow the visitors failed to double their lead soon after when another left-sided raid resulted in a scramble, which eventually saw the Wivenhoe keeper Matthew Grove pull off a fine point-blank save to deny Rowe. 

The game edged further into Melford’s favour on the half-hour mark when a hefty challenge on midfielder Elliot Walker resulted in an instant red-card for the Wivenhoe defender Brat Dorin, and the home side were down to ten men. 

The Villagers were unable to capitalise until early in the second half. 

Having already seen two chances go begging, their second goal finally arrived ten minutes after the turn-around when Callum Hemson jinked down the right and delivered a pin-point cross for STEVE ADAMS to power home with a header. 

With Walker still feeling the effects of the first half challenge, he made way for TJ Le Page, and the substitute soon added a third. 

After receiving a pass from Hemson as he was running through towards goal, TJ LE PAGE lofted the ball over the advancing keeper from just outside the box, and it looked like the points were in the bag. 

However, when Ashley Sloots was adjudged to have tripped a Wivenhoe winger in the area with ten minutes left, the referee pointed to the spot and Dragons forward CALLUM GRIFFITHS tucked inside the post, giving George Bugg in the Melford goal little chance. 

But their attempts to come back into the game proved fruitless, as Melford went in search of a fourth goal, and in the final minute SCOTT SLOOTS, who replaced Hemson for the closing stages, collected an Adams pass into the box and slipped past the goalkeeper to clinch a much-needed win for the Villagers. 

MELFORD: 1 George Bugg, 2 Dan Smith, 3 Ashley Sloots, 4 Ben Judge, 5 Ross Waugh, 6 Anthony Waugh, 7 Hassan Ally, 8 Elliot Walker, 9 Steve Adams ©, 10 Nathan Rowe, 11 Callum Hemson

Subs: 12 Josh Collins (not used), 14 TJ Le Page (for Walker), 15 Scott Sloots (for Hemson), 16 Dan Swain (not used), 17 Jamie Bradbury (not used)

  • It was a different story at Stoneylands where league leaders Wivenhoe Town Reserves ran out 7-1 winners. Melford's goal was scored by Chris Brewster.

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