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Pictured above is action from the 1st Team's match at Halstead yesterday, there are more pictures on their website HERE

In my last column a fortnight ago I wrote about how competitive the 1st Team were this season despite having such an inexperienced squad; Melford then went and conceded 14 goals in 2 matches!

Losing heavily to a Braintree side that included 4 of their Conference squad was certainly no disgrace. Players of that quality, used to playing one division below the Football League, are obviously going to make a huge difference at Step 6 level. Maybe next year Melford could draft in 4 Luton Town regulars and it might make for a more even contest.

In contrast, losing 6-0 at an under-strength Halstead Town is a bad result in anyone’s book. The only real positives on an otherwise disappointing afternoon were some eye-catching performances by the club’s Under 18 players, who were Melford’s best players throughout.

However it would be unfair to criticise any of yesterday’s squad, because with a few exceptions they are very new to this level of football. It’s not realistic to expect players to step up to a higher level and never have a bad game or never make a mistake.

You don’t need to be Jose Mourinho to work out the club needs to bring in some players who have played regurlarly in the First Division (or an equivalent standard), to help the young and inexperienced players, but in the club’s current situation that is easier said than done!

But as always after a bad defeat it’s important to keep things in perspective. After last season’s financial crisis it’s a miracle the club is still surviving at all, so it will take a long time to recover and re-build. But we are lucky to have good people at the club who genuinely care about Long Melford FC, which gives us a fighting chance.

At Stoneylands the Reserves were 2-0 up against their Halstead counterparts thanks to Stuart Whitehart’s first half double, before the visitors fought back to win 3-2.

Well done to the Ladies who won 8-1 at Witnesham Wasps today and move up to 3rd in the table. John Harrington’s match report will be on the website soon.

Next up is the U18s’ home match against Felixstowe & Walton Utd on Wednesday night, followed by the 1st Team’s bottom of the table clash against Stowmarket Town on Saturday. On the same day the Reserves travel to Stowmarket. All these fixtures could be under threat from the weather so please keep an eye on the website for updates during the week.

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