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    A round-up of the First Team's matches this month from a supporter's point of view...

    October started with an away match at Saffron Walden Town, one of the league's in-form sides at the moment. Although it was a 2-0 defeat for Melford, it was an improved display compared to the home match at Walden in the the previous month, where really we were played off the park.

    Next it was the Suffolk Premier Cup tie at home to a young Ipswich Town side. We had an excellent gate of 200+, with a little help from Facebook, where our online poster was seen by thousands of people. Facebook is not everyone's cup of tea but for clubs like Melford it is a very effective way of spreading the word.

    The match itself saw the team do the club proud and go toe-to-toe with the talented Ipswich side. The key turning point was a strong Melford penalty appeal turned down at 0-0, Ipswich then went down the other end of the pitch and scored two quick goals to win 2-0.

    Ipswich's best player was Monty Patterson, a full New Zealand international who scored for the Kiwis against USA last year - a bit of a contrast to playing at Stoneylands on a wet October night!

    It was then back to league action and another good Melford performance against promotion contenders Stowmarket Town. After getting back to 1-1 with not too long left, it was frustrating to then concede what was a very avoidable goal, but nevertheless there were plenty of positives.

    Next up was a home match against Haverhill Borough in a bottom of the table six pointer. In front of our lowest attendance of the season by some distance, not helped by the murky weather, it was a disappointing 2-0 defeat.

    However there was a very positive response in the next two matches, wins at Wivenhoe Town (4-1) and Ipswich Wanderers (1-0). After losing a few matches earlier in the season to late goals, it was a nice to score a last minute winner ourselves at Wanderers. 

    The last match in October was the long journey to Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday, which ended in a 2-2 draw. A very good away point but it felt more like a win given the circumstances, with six players missing, a goal down after 58 seconds, then two goals down with 10 men. Great spirit shown by the team to dig in and fight back for a point when it appeared to be game over at 2-0.

    So overall apart from the Haverhill defeat it's been a very positive month and 7 points from the last 3 matches have kept us in touch with the sides above. Several new signings have improved the squad and added more strength in depth. 

    November looks another tough month on paper but hopefully we can keep putting in good performances and maybe surprise a few of the sides at the top of the table. AC

  2. September started with heavy defeats for the First Team against Godmanchester and Saffron Walden.

    There was a significant improvement in the next two games against Halstead and Clacton - losing both of those close matches in the last few minutes was very harsh but at least there were some positives in the performances.

    Four points from the next two matches against Ipswich Wanderers and Fakenham Town were much needed – although the league table still doesn’t exactly look great, it's better than a few weeks ago.

    Overall it’s not a huge surprise to see the team finding it tough again this season, we expected it to be a real battle and similar to last season scoring enough goals is always going to be the challenge.

    It looks a strong squad defensively, apart from a bad week against Godmanchester and Walden, and the creativity is there with the likes of Hass, Will, Callum etc but we’ve obviously got to produce more cutting edge to find the goals to keep us in the Premier.

    It’s not been the best of starts for the Reserves – the 2-2 draw at Felixstowe earlier this month is the only positive to speak of so far, although it’s been a tough run of fixtures and we’ll hope for better against fellow bottom half sides in the next couple of games.

    Coming up next Wednesday (11th October) it’s the Suffolk Premier Cup tie at home to Ipswich Town. Whatever the result it will be a memorable evening as we very rarely get to play clubs of that stature. Obviously it will be a youthful Ipswich side rather than Championship regulars, but even still they are very talented players and hopefully some will end up in being first team regulars in the near future. AC

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