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Match Report v Ely City (a) 2019/20

ELY CITY 1 - 2 LONG MELFORD

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division - Friday 16 August

Pictured: Ben Judge scored his first goal since January 2018 after missing most of last season through a knee injury, as Melford won their first league match of the season against an in-form Ely. Match report from Chenoberet:

With a gusting wind and driving rain at the Demcon Stadium for the whole game both teams are to be complemented on trying to play constructive football. 

For Melford it was a fantastic result against a team who had won all their games this season. It was even more rewarding for The Villagers who only two nights previous had gone through 120 minutes of football and a penalty shoot out, at Melford to advance in the FA Cup against Southend Manor. 

Somehow from that energy sapping exercise Melford dug deep to produce a top drawer display and were deservedly ran out winners. 

The first half belonged to Melford who played some fast attacking football, although Ely will rue two golden opportunities that went begging. 

After 7 minutes Melford took the lead a quick sweeping movement saw the ball find the unmarked BEN JUDGE down the Melford left flank, and Judge cut in to fire low and hard into the net. 

During the half Jamie Griffiths found the net with a lob which was ruled out by the offside flag. 

At the other end Steve Holder headed tamely at Ben Devlin in the Melford goal. 

Twice Melford could have increased their tally but both times Nathan Rowe had his efforts blocked by the Ely defence. 

On 31 minutes it looked as though the leveller had arrived for Ely a fine Ely ball split the Melford defence, Matty Simpson took the ball towards goal and his excellent low cross found Jordan Foster at the far post but his shot from point blank range was blocked by the diving Devlin and the ball rebounded over the bar. 

Shortly after this Ely were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, but Ashley Walter blasted the ball over the bar. 

Again Melford responded with Rowe testing keeper Harry Reynolds, and Griffiths seeing his free kick diverted for a corner. 

At the other end Ross Waugh cleared off the Melford goal line from a Jamie Alsop free kick.

And so with no improvement in the conditions the game moved into the second period. The home team upped their game, and applied more pressure on Melford with The Villagers responding with quick break tactics. 

On 62 minutes Melford increased their lead a fine solo run by JAMIE GRIFFITHS saw the Melford striker clinically finish from 15 yards. 

The home team clawed a goal back on 69 minutes when Melford failed to defend a corner and substitute SAM REED headed home. 

The home team surged forward looking for the equaliser and found the net again, only to be ruled out for offside, and Ely found the Melford defence was in a resolute mood. 

Pushing forward Ely in fact allowed Melford two further good chances, with Hassan Ally through on goal but finding his shot blocked, whilst down the Melford right flank 17 year old sub Kyle Hurley was though on goal but his shot was saved by Reynolds in the Ely goal. 

Despite five added minutes Melford held onto their lead and overall ran out worthy winners. 

LONG MELFORD: Ben Devlin, Callum Hemson (82), Sam Newton (68),  Deklyn Roy, Ross Waugh, Anthony Waugh, Nathan Rowe (48 injured), Jake Jackson, Jamie Griffiths, Jacob Brown, Ben Judge

Subs used: Hassan Ally (48), Kyle Hurley (68), Dan Smith (82)  not used: Archie Pether, Will Wingfield

Attendance: 128

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