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Match Report v Gorleston (away)

GORLESTON 0 - 1 LONG MELFORD

THURLOW NUNN PREMIER DIVISION - SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER

On a blustery and wet day, Long Melford returned from the Norfolk Coast with all 3 points.

It was Melford who started the brightest on a testing pitch, they were soon rewarded with an opening goal on 10 minutes. 

Sam Bayliss raiding down the left wing cutting in to lay the ball to WILL WINGFIELD, his right foot cutting drive from the edge of the box found the bottom corner.

Melford continued to press and after good feet from Jamie Griffiths in the box, he was tripped for an obvious penalty. Griffiths stepped up to take but the Gorleston stopper Ryan Hemmings managed to tip it round his left hand post, a great save. 

At the half hour mark Nathan Rowe pulled up with an injury and was replaced by the extremely lively Tom Blackwell on his debut from Coggeshall Town (dual registration). 

Tom made an immediate impact, his pace and trickery causing headaches for the Gorleston defence.

The second half became difficult for both teams as the pitch started to become heavier as the rain fell. Kyle Hurley replaced the injured Sam Bayliss.

The game now became very scrappy and disjointed, both teams trying to get a foothold on the game. 

Goalkeeper Coach Darren Moyes was in for regular custodian Matt Walker who was unavailable. Moyes dealt with any long balls and marshalled his defence well.

The backline of Ross Waugh, Ashley Sloots, Dan Smith and Ben Judge gave no change to the Gorleston forwards.

On 77 minutes It was pleasing to see U18’s midfielder Haaris Khan introduced for his senior debut.

Melford nearly sealed the 3 points on 80 minutes. Blackwell and Griffiths with a lovely one-two from a throw in, the winger weaved himself into the box past two defenders and got his shot away, just firing over. 

Melford saw the game out with the back five standing strong, thwarting any attack that Gorleston looked like developing.

A scrappy three points in tough conditions. That’s now five wins on the bounce for Melford in the league, a club record at Step 5 in the non-league pyramid. 

With Steve Adams, Matt Walker, Dan Swain, Anthony Waugh, Callum Hemson and Deklyn Roy all missing today, Melford are showing a great strength In depth as they continue to climb the table.

The Villagers return to action at home on Wednesday night against Whitton United in the League Cup (7.45pm). 

Then its Hadleigh in the league on Saturday, again at home (3pm). Come down and support the boys if you can!  

LONG MELFORD SQUAD v Gorleston: Darren Moyes, Dan Smith, Ben Judge, Jake Jackson, Ross Waugh (c), Ashley Sloots, Nathan Rowe, Jacob Brown, Will Wingfield, Jamie Griffiths, Sam Bayliss

Subs used: Tom Blackwell, Kyle Hurley, Haaris Khan

Subs not used: Jamie Bradbury, Steve Chisholm

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