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Stowmarket Town were the visitors to Stoneylands on Saturday. Jack Durey’s hat-trick was the difference between the two sides in October, with Jack currently sidelined through injury it was a closer game on Saturday.

Two sides struggling at the moment were never likely to produce a great game of football and so it proved. The match was constantly interrupted by some reckless challenges by both teams in innocuous areas of the pitch, when staying on their feet would have been a better option. Both sides picked up a handful of yellow cards and on another day might have received a few reds.

It wasn’t a great spectacle for the small group of spectators, with very little football being played. But just when I was moaning about parting with £5 to watch such a scrappy game, a moment of class arrived in the closing stages. Ben Simpson’s excellent pass was met with instant control by Will Wingfield, who then finished in emphatic fashion.

Stowmarket after leading for nearly 40 minutes will probably feel they should have won the game. On the other hand Melford did miss a penalty, the third spot kick Melford have been awarded this season and they’ve all been missed. Danny Twyman is usually a reliable penalty taker but shot wide on this occasion.

Helping the team out on Saturday was experienced defender Jamie Howe who last played for Melford about 10 years ago and is a well-known defender in the area having also played for AFC Sudbury and Sudbury Athletic. He currently plays for Wormingford in the Border League but as they didn’t have a game on Saturday and Melford were short at the back with Michael Owen unavailable, Jamie signed on a dual registration basis and had a solid game for Melford on Saturday.

It’s difficult to work out who would have partnered Chris Toole in the centre of Melford’s defence on Saturday had Jamie not come in at the last minute…Westy? (probably best not to dwell on that thought too long…!)

The Reserves proved too strong for their Stowmarket counterparts and came away from Greens Meadow with a 5-1 win, goals scored by Myles Clark (2), Errol Durell (2) and one for Justin Crissell on his return from injury who was playing his first full 90 minutes since September.

Next up for the Reserves is a home fixture against Ipswich Wanderers (22nd December) in what will be the Reserves’ last match in 2012.  Then follows a short break for Christmas before returning to action on 5th January at home to Woodbridge Town.

The U18s have endured a frustrating time recently due to the weather, they haven’t played since early November but hopefully will get a game tomorrow (Wednesday 19th December) away at Brantham Athletic.

The U18s’ first season in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League has gone better than anyone could have expected. They currently sit 3rd in the table, two of their players have represented Suffolk and six members of their squad have made Senior debuts for the 1st Team.

The Ladies’ match on Sunday was postponed so they now have a break over Christmas before returning to action at Bury Town on Sunday 13th January in the cup. John Harrington’s side currently sit 3rd in the table, a very good foundation to build on in the New Year.

And finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone and hopefully we’ll see a bumper crowd at Cornard United on 27th December (3pm kick off) for a local derby that both sides will feel they need to win. With ex-Melford trio Paul Grainger, Richard Grimster and Jamie Gregory all at Cornard now it will make for a more interesting derby than we’ve seen in recent years.

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