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Match Report v Haverhill Rovers (a)

HAVERHILL ROVERS 4 - 0 LONG MELFORD

THURLOW NUNN PREMIER - WED 26 DECEMBER 2018

This was Melford's fourth 4-0 defeat in their last six matches, which unfortunately tells its own story - not enough goals scored and far too many conceded.

It's tough times at the moment, not helped by a lengthy injury/unavailable list that stretches into double figures, but somehow Melford have to find a way of turning things around. Starting with Saturday's six pointer at home to Hadleigh United who are one place below in the table. 

One bright spot today was the inclusion of five 16/17 year olds including a debut for Cory Willings and a man of the match performance from Kieran Michaels.

Match report from Chenoberet:

Melford started brightly but frittered away three good chances in the opening minutes, Haverhill opened the scoring after 16 minutes with their first chance.

The penalty offence was alleged to be a push in the back by Nathan Rowe, with Melford unhappy that the episode had a distinct bit of Theatre attached to it. Anyway a penalty it was and MARC ABBOTT converted the kick. 

Time and again Melford with just a lone striker up front failed to convert their chances, a familiar story this season. 

Two free kicks, from 16 year old Keiron Michaels were off target, whilst Hassan Ally blazed wide when in the Haverhill box. 

On 42 minutes Will Wingfied was tugged back by his shirt on his way to goal by a Haverhill defender but despite Melford protests the official deemed it was not a penalty but instead awarded a free kick outside the penalty box. 

Both teams were guilty of wasteful finishing with Mark Lovell firing over the bar for Haverhill and Ally again wide for Melford. 

Whilst Melford were more than a match for their opponents over the first half, Haverhill were the better side after the break, helped by a Father Christmas performance from The Villagers.

The second goal arrived on 63 minutes when Melford held off tackles, and allowed MARC ABBOTT to score his second from eight yards out. 

Two late goals for Haverhill completed the scoring, first another penalty taken by MARC ABBOTT for his hat trick on 88 minutes, and an 91st minute goal by MARK LOVELL to give Haverhill a flattering scoreline but deserved victory - while Melford are left staring into the face of relegation. 

MELFORD: Morrison, Michaels, Hemson, Jackson, Adams, A Waugh, Ally, Rowe, Wingfield, Pether, Collins 

Subs used: Maughn, Willings, Denson  not used: Chisholm   


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