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First Team Match Report

LONG MELFORD 0 

BRANTHAM ATHLETIC 0

Thurlow Nunn Premier - 29 July

Att: 92

(Photo appears with thanks to Paul Ternent)  

Despite the possession of promotion hopefuls Brantham Athletic the home spun talent of Melford held firm to notch up a deserved share of the points on the lush pastures of Stoneylands. 

There were many heroes on the day but man of the match award went to home keeper Darren Moyes, who made some crucial saves to keep Melford in the game. 

Despite Brantham forcing the pace early on it was Melford who showed first when midfielder Scott Sloots fired well over the Brantham crossbar. 

Although getting caught offside at least four times in the opening minutes, Brantham forced several corners and from one of these ex Colchester United youngster Will Crissell headed just wide of the post.  

Again Melford defended several Brantham corners, and then broke into the Brantham penalty area only for Sloots to again to fire over the Brantham bar. 

After 37 minutes Brantham were given a good chance from a Craig Hughes corner, and this opportunity fell to Jack Smith who could only backheel just past the Melford goal post. 

From then in to the half time whistle Melford had a good spell forcing two corners and Dan Swain having two shots blocked the visiting defence. 

Straight from the half time restart Brantham were on the attack, and only a brilliant save from Moyes from a Smith effort kept Melford in the game. 

Play swung to the other end with Hassan Ally putting in Luke Payne on goal but his delayed shot was cleared by the visiting defence. 

On 60 minutes the best chance of the game fell to Brantham, a long ball from defence bounced kindly into the path of Michael Brothers, who was on the shoulders of the Melford back line and he ran goal wards but a great save via the feet of keeper Moyes, kept the score line static. 

Again Melford produced a good move with Luke Payne firing diagonally over the face of the goal, but wide of the far post. 

Chances came at both end with Paddi Hawkins the visiting custodian saving at the second attempt a shot from Payne the Melford striker, and at the other end, that man Moyes again excelled with a fine save from the Brantham superstar Sam Newson, by pushing the ball for a corner. 

Just before the end a nasty challenge from Jack Smith on Hassan Ally, saw him yellow carded when on another day it could have been a sending off. 

For the new Melford management team this was a positive start; a point on the board and a clean sheet.

MELFORD: Darren Moyes, Sam Bayliss, Josh Collins, Jake Jackson, Steve Adams, Anthony Waugh, Dan Swain, Scott Sloots, Luke Payne, Michael Schofield, Hassan Ally

Subs used: Jason Joseph (88), T.J. Le Page (80), Josh Hodgson (73) 

not used: Elliott Walker, David Leader (gk)  

  • Elsewhere today the Reserves won 4-1 in their pre-season friendly at Bures United - scorers Kieron Fisher (3) and Jake Ashley.

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