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Match Report v Felixstowe

Felixstowe & Walton Utd 3 - 0 Long Melford

Thurlow Nunn Premier - Saturday 09 December - Att: 274

PICTURED: Steve Chisholm made his first appearance of the season.

Melford gave a good account of themselves today and were unlucky to concede an own goal and miss a penalty. 

But overall the experience and ability of leaders Felixstowe shone through and at the moment they are cruising to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title.

With the Waugh brothers, Ashley Sloots and Josh Collins all unavailable, it was a new look Melford defence that started today's match. 

In came Steve Chisholm (pictured) for his first start of the season, partnering in central defence Jake Jackson, who was returning from University. Ben Judge switched to left back which meant Dan Smith at right back was the only player from last weekend's back four to stay in the same position.

Melford started brightly, enjoying some early pressure and forced a corner and several long throws into the box.

Felixstowe took a little while to get going but they were ahead in the 14th minute. A shot from Stuart Boardley forced Melford keeper Darren Moyes into a great save, but in the ensuing melee JOE FRANCIS was there to tuck the ball in from close range.

After the goal it was mostly Felixstowe on the attack and Darren Moyes had to make good saves from Kye Ruel, Sam Ford and Scott Chaplin, while Dan Davis headed into the side netting.

Melford's best effort of the half came from Will Wingfield, who hit a sweet strike which only narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Early in the second half Felixstowe doubled their lead when Ethan Clarke and Scott Chaplin combined well and the latter's ball into the box was turned into the net by a Melford defender.

It was soon 3-0 when a Melford attack broke down and Felixstowe countered in excellent fashion, a fine move finished off by KYE RUEL.

After 65 minutes Melford were awarded a penalty when Hassan Ally on a trademark run was brought down in the box for the umpteenth time this season.

Will Wingfield's spot kick was saved by Felixstowe keeper Danny Crump, from the rebound Melford had three bites at the cherry but couldn't find a way past Crump. 

Frustrating for Melford but if there's ever a good time to miss a penalty, this was it, rather than a close match where a miss would prove costly.

Melford kept plugging away in the final 20 minutes and created a few chances. Steve Adams headed wide and Lewis Haughton, who impressed on debut after coming off the bench, fired narrowly over the bar.

With six regulars unavailable Melford did well to hold their own for long spells of the game. 

However, ultimately Felixstowe were too good and their record of 23 wins in 25 league matches shows what a strong side they are. AC

MELFORD: Darren Moyes, Dan Smith, Ben Judge, Elliot Walker, Steve Chisholm, Jake Jackson, Hassan Ally, Scott Sloots, Steve Adams, Nathan Rowe, Will Wingfield

Subs (all used): Lewis Haughton, Andrew Fisher, Louis Donovan-Perry

Melford M.O.M: Ben Judge

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