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  1. Looking back at Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Team Bury, its hard to believe Melford finished the match with only one player from the Cup Final squad in May, namely Justin Crissell. The other 15 players involved at Portman Road have either left the club or were injured/unavailable on Saturday (or in Martin Westcott and Dan Cann’s case were substituted in the second half).

    Incredibly Justin has already played with 8 different players in the Melford defence this season (plus two keepers) and we’re only in August!

    It highlights what a challenging start it has been for new manager Robbie Benson. At this time of year the unavailability of players was to be expected due to holidays/weddings/etc but the bad luck with injuries has made it particularly tough.

    Saturday’s match saw Melford create plenty of chances in the opening 60 minutes but, apart from Dan Cann’s clinical strike, they weren’t converted. Team Bury pushed hard for a winner late on, but Melford held on to take a point.

    Its early days but what we can learn from Melford’s opening matches is that its going to be a largely local group of players this year, plus a few from further afield, and it will be a team that battles for every point. We’ve also seen Melford play some good flowing football in the last two home matches, particularly in the first half against Whitton.

    The Reserves’ league campaign starts on Saturday under the new management team of Tony French and Mark Dack, away to Hadleigh United Reserves. Several players from last season’s team have left the club including Stu Alston (to Hadleigh Utd) and Dan Manser (to Saffron Walden), hopefully we’ll have an update from the Reserves’ when the season gets underway on Saturday.

    The Premier League has started again so Forecast Sheets are on sale at the club for £1. For anybody not aware of how this works, you are asked to predict the exact results of two Premier League fixtures (Sunday matches). Half of the cash raised then goes to the winner(s) and the other goes to the club. The club really needs all players/officials/supporters to buy at least one sheet a week either at training or matchdays. ANDY CUSSANS


    What collection of whizz kids (highly paid no doubt!) came up with an August 4th start to the Football Season? Right when parents (players) contemplate taking the family holidays and some players are in the midst of a League cricket programme. Methinks quite silly. 

    Last season was good on the field, but a nightmare off it, the worst I can recollect over a fifty year connection with LMFC. To  that end hopefully the introduction of Richard Powell and his son Chris as Directors will strengthen the Admin side, together with Pippa Salt on the Commercial/Sponsorship side of the Club.

    We thank Jason Maher for his great efforts at the Club. Jason stood down, a month ago as Team Manager. Some Essex based players have left the Club, the most notable being keeper Paul Wood who has joined Saffron Walden Town, we thank Paul for his efforts and wish him well for the future.

    Congratulations to Robbie Benson, Jules Mumford and Jim Walker who make up the management team and we say well done in getting together a viable squad in such a short time. We started our mid summer campaign against Great Yarmouth, who commanded the first half and we did likewise over the second period. The result a  2 -1 defeat saw us miss a penalty in the last minute of the game. The following Wednesday we took on Whitton, we managed a draw one goal each, we perhaps had the chances to win the game.

  3. badgeAfter a very trying season off the field last season, the impact was tempered somewhat by the playing success, for which we thank the players and Jason and Jules, the sad blow being the departure of Jason Maher just before the start of the new season. Great credit therefore to Robbie Benson, Jules Mumford and Jim Walker, for picking up the pieces and finding a team for the new start.

    The game against Yarmouth though sometimes a struggle did show a good team spirit, and with more players in the pipeline things might be better than expected after the departure of some of the Essex based players.

    Off the field it is good to see Richard and Chris Powell becoming Directors of the Club with Chris taking on the financial mantle, with the assistance of professional book keeper Dora Marchment, with Simon Garden taking a well earned rest from some of his many duties. The Club record their thanks to Simon for all his hard work.

    We need more help at the Club, a few hours a month or week would be wonderful. Duties we need to cover are Bar duties, Ground maintenance, property maintenance etc, so if you can help (unpaid) please make contact with Chairman Alf or Richard Powell. There is also a need to raise more income, so if you can organise say a sponsored walk, jumble sale, car boot sale, raffle etc we would be pleased to hear from you. We also need more sponsors and advertisers so again if you can help please let us know.

    It is going to be a hard season for us all but if we all work together we can get there! CHENOBERET



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