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  1. Hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas Day and that you have a healthy and peaceful 2013. What of Long Melford Football Club?. Well we have survived when many predicted our funeral date a year ago. A team effort has prevailed to overcome the off the field problems, and thanks to the efforts of ALL we are now starting to stabilize what was a difficult situation. Naming individuals is fraught with consequences, so the effort as recorded has to be down to all the Board members, our new Commercial Manager, and dear Dora Marchment who has all our accounting figures on a computerised system. And in addition all the people who week in and week out stand by the cause, Long Melford Football Club.  Thanks must go also to the Managers of all teams, and all the players who have remained loyal over the most difficult period since the Club moved to Stoneylands. To you all please keep up the hard work. And to the lads on the field of play keep trying your hardest and eventually team effort will ensure success, if the lads keep together next season could prove to be the best of recent times. CHENOBERET

  2. 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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    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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