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aug2015Overall the club's first month at Step 5 went well with 6 Premier Division points on the board and a first FA Cup victory since 2004.

The step up from the First Division has so far looked big without being overwhelming, the players don't look out of place at a higher level and all of the matches have been close.

The wins against Whitton Utd and Gorleston were well-deserved and the single goal defeats to high-flying Felixstowe and Stanway could easily have ended up as draws. That leaves the defeat at Clacton as the only league game where Melford couldn't make a case for deserving something.

On Saturday we all had high hopes at Basildon in the FA Cup Preliminary Round but it was a below par performance. Unfortunately it was one of those days when only a handful of players really played even close to their best. It's probably not a game to analyse too much, as the 20 or so away fans on Saturday all know the team is a lot better than that performance.

However it's always important to give credit to the opposition because as disappointing as the Melford display was there's no doubt Basildon played well in the first half particularly and deserved the win. Good luck to Basildon in the next round where they will host Hullbridge Sports.

We also should give credit to the Melford squad for a) qualifying for the FA Cup in the first place (something of a rarity!) and b) winning the club's first FA Cup tie for 11 years when they beat London Bari a fortnight ago.

Looking ahead to the next match on Saturday it should be a cracking FA Vase tie when neighbours Cornard United visit Stoneylands (3pm). Every match we've played against Cornard recently has been a close game so we can expect another tough one on Saturday. They have picked up some good results lately; new manager Chris Tracey inherited a good squad from Paul Grainger, who recently left Cornard and is now in charge of SIL side Ipswich Valley Rangers. Good luck to Lurch and Paul, both ex-Melford managers of course, at their new clubs.

New signing Matt Hayden is an exciting addition to the squad and I'm sure the fans are looking forward to seeing his debut. And with a few players about to leave for University it's a good time to bring a player a player of that quality into the club.

Hopefully there will be another large crowd at Stoneylands on Saturday: including the friendlies we've already had well over 700 people at 1st Team home matches this season which is a great effort considering it's still August.

Just in case the players want to apply extra hair gel or whatever it is youngsters do these days, please note the squad photo will be taken on Saturday before kick-off. There's also an award for captain Steve Adams to receive for passing 100 senior appearances for the club earlier this month. ANDY

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