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  1. aug2015Overall the club's first month at Step 5 went well with 6 Premier Division points on the board and a first FA Cup victory since 2004.

    The step up from the First Division has so far looked big without being overwhelming, the players don't look out of place at a higher level and all of the matches have been close.

    The wins against Whitton Utd and Gorleston were well-deserved and the single goal defeats to high-flying Felixstowe and Stanway could easily have ended up as draws. That leaves the defeat at Clacton as the only league game where Melford couldn't make a case for deserving something.

    On Saturday we all had high hopes at Basildon in the FA Cup Preliminary Round but it was a below par performance. Unfortunately it was one of those days when only a handful of players really played even close to their best. It's probably not a game to analyse too much, as the 20 or so away fans on Saturday all know the team is a lot better than that performance.

    However it's always important to give credit to the opposition because as disappointing as the Melford display was there's no doubt Basildon played well in the first half particularly and deserved the win. Good luck to Basildon in the next round where they will host Hullbridge Sports.

    We also should give credit to the Melford squad for a) qualifying for the FA Cup in the first place (something of a rarity!) and b) winning the club's first FA Cup tie for 11 years when they beat London Bari a fortnight ago.

    Looking ahead to the next match on Saturday it should be a cracking FA Vase tie when neighbours Cornard United visit Stoneylands (3pm). Every match we've played against Cornard recently has been a close game so we can expect another tough one on Saturday. They have picked up some good results lately; new manager Chris Tracey inherited a good squad from Paul Grainger, who recently left Cornard and is now in charge of SIL side Ipswich Valley Rangers. Good luck to Lurch and Paul, both ex-Melford managers of course, at their new clubs.

    New signing Matt Hayden is an exciting addition to the squad and I'm sure the fans are looking forward to seeing his debut. And with a few players about to leave for University it's a good time to bring a player a player of that quality into the club.

    Hopefully there will be another large crowd at Stoneylands on Saturday: including the friendlies we've already had well over 700 people at 1st Team home matches this season which is a great effort considering it's still August.

    Just in case the players want to apply extra hair gel or whatever it is youngsters do these days, please note the squad photo will be taken on Saturday before kick-off. There's also an award for captain Steve Adams to receive for passing 100 senior appearances for the club earlier this month. ANDY

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    Josh Dalziel pictured in action against AFC Sudbury last month.

    NEW SIGNING:  Good news on Saturday after the 4-2 friendly win against Bacton United [MATCH REPORT] was confirmation that Josh Dalziel has signed for the club. The former West Bergholt defender has impressed in pre-season since making his debut in the 3-1 win against Brightlingsea Regent, so manager Jules Mumford was understandably delighted to secure his signature. A warm welcome to Josh who joins Trevor Vinyard, Ashley Drew, Glen Harris, Will Finch and Reece Clarke as new arrivals this summer.

    FRIENDLIES:  Apart from picking up a few injuries the friendlies went well with 3 wins, 2 defeats and a draw against a wide variety of opposition from the Conference down to the SIL. As always with friendlies the results will be forgotten the moment the season starts on Saturday but hopefully the friendlies have given the players match fitness and the sharpness needed to start well. The new players all did well against some very good oppostion which bodes well for the big kick-off on Saturday. It's a much bigger squad than we usually have at Melford but looking at the fixture list (9 matches in September for example) everybody has their part to play and will undoubtedly get plenty of minutes on the pitch.

    SEASON OPENER: On Saturday Melford travel to Felixstowe & Walton Utd for the club's first ever Premier Division match. It's an exciting time for the club, the start of a new chapter in our long history. It will be a really tough start as Felixstowe are a very good side but Melford are unbeaten in competitive matches since November and now have a bigger and better squad than last season so there's plenty of reasons to be optimistic. If you're not making the trip to Felixstowe on Saturday then there's two home matches coming up in quick succession next week:

    Long Melford v Whitton United (Wednesday 12 August, TN Premier, 7.45pm)

    Long Melford v London Bari (Saturday 15 August, FA Cup, 3pm)

    COMMERCIAL: Off the pitch things have been going really well over the summer, bringing in the funds that every club needs to thrive. The Melford Valley have renewed their shirt sponsorship for 2015/16 and you'll notice a lot of new programme adverts and pitchside banners when the season starts. Player sponsorship has also been a great success with 14 already sponsored. 11 squad members are still available so if you'd like to sponsor someone please get in touch (this costs £30 for the season) [CLICK HERE]

    We're looking for a new away shirt sponsor and a tracksuit sponsor, for more information please contact us [CLICK HERE]

    RESERVES: In their first friendly of the summer on Saturday the Reserves won 2-0 at Bacton United, scorers were Harry Fryer and Myles Clark. The Reserves League season starts on 8th September (away to Halstead Town).

    UNDER 18s: The Under 18s start their season on Thursday 13 August, away to Halstead Town.

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