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Firstly well done to Tony West and everyone else involved in yesterday’s charity match at Stoneylands. The match raised over £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Success After Stroke, thanks to a 100+ crowd; the final score was Macmillan All Stars 3 Long Melford XI 5.

Since my last update a fortnight ago a lot has happened at Melford on and off the pitch, the combination of ups and downs that every club encounters; defeats for the 1st Team and Reserves, victories for the U18s and Ladies, injuries and departures, a successful Fireworks night, a scathing comment on the club’s website forum, 3 more Senior debuts for the club’s youngsters and a cheque for over £500 from the Suffolk FA (last season’s Senior Cup prize money).

It won’t be the same watching Melford play without Ashley Skeggs in the team, after 5 years at the club. Also his family who were regular supporters at Stoneylands will be missed. But Skeggo’s move to Diss Town is a great chance to step up a level and play in the Premier Division. So best wishes to Skeggo and I’m sure he’ll help Diss climb out of the relegation zone soon.

For several years the club’s 1st Team had one of the worst disciplinary records in the League, which not only cost a small fortune in fines but also reflected badly on the club. Thankfully we have turned the corner this season; Melford are currently joint 6thout of 38 clubs in the Thurlow Nunn League Fair Play Award.  In league and cup matches this season, Melford are averaging exactly 1 yellow card per game (17 yellows in 17 matches) with 0 red cards. A huge improvement so well done to all involved in improving this aspect of the 1st Team.

A big week ahead for the club, starting with the U18s’ local derby/top of the table clash with Cornard United on Wednesday night at Stoneylands. Then on Saturday in the Senior Cup the 1st Team travel to Ipswich to face SIL side Achilles, who were unlucky to be knocked out on penalties by Melford last season and will be tough opposition again this year. Meanwhile the Reserves make the short trip to AFC Sudbury hoping to avenge two defeats against Sudbury earlier in the season. The Ladies, who moved up to 3rd after their 4-1 win at Ipswich Valley Rangers yesterday, play at home to Brandon on Sunday.

Finally good luck to former Melford manager Paul Grainger who has joined Cornard United to run their 1st Team alongside Chris Symes. With PG on board it won't be long before they they pick up their first league win in over a year and his arrival will liven up the Boxing Day derby. ANDY CUSSANS

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