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Match Report v Histon (h)

LONG MELFORD 2 - 1 HISTON

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division - Saturday 17 February - Att: 115

PICTURED: Melford midfielder Scott Sloots scored his 5th goal of the season today.

What a difference a week makes in football. 

After one of the worst performances of the season in the 5-1 defeat to Ely City last Saturday, Melford bounced back in outstanding fashion to beat a very strong Histon side who had won 9 of their previous 10 matches.

There were 5 changes to the Melford starting line-up, including a debut in goal for 18-year-old keeper James Scammell, providing cover for the injured Darren Moyes and unavailable David Leader. James has played for Thurrock in the Bostik Premier and Wadham Lodge in the Essex Senior League.

Steve Adams, Ben Judge, Hassan Ally and Scott Sloots all returned to the starting eleven. Match report from Chenoberet...

After their lacklustre performance last Saturday, Melford came out with a supercharged team performance to overcome promotion chasers Histon. 

At times the second half for Melford was very hectic but with the odd piece of good fortune they saw the game out to take all the three points. 

The visitors started in a positive manner forcing several corners, but not transferring those situations into goals. 

After 23 minutes Scott Sloots fired a Melford free kick from just outside the area well over the bar, whilst at the other end Joe Sutton got through on goal but 18 year old James Scammell saved at point blank range to keep Melford in the game. 

At times the game was very robust, not aided by some very weak refereeing. 

On 37 minutes Histon almost took the lead, a twenty yard free kick from Lee Smith shaving the Melford goal post. 

Two minutes later and Melford snatched the lead, a David Lopez free kick was headed across the box by Steve Adams, the ball found SCOTT SLOOTS and his shot through a ruck of players found the net. 

The second period saw Histon increase the pressure on Melford, trying to level up the scores.

A great run by Ed Rolph into the Melford box was thwarted by an excellent tackle from Ross Waugh the Melford central defender. 

The home team retaliated straight away, some good wing play from Hassan Ally and his cross found Steve Adams, but the Melford captain shot straight at Sam Roach the visiting keeper. 

It was now Histon having the majority of play but Melford rebutted this with some excellent defending. 

On 59 minutes Melford doubled their lead, keeper Roach came off his area to clear a long ball, completely missed his kick and HASSAN ALLY glided past him to fire the ball into the vacant goal. 

Two minutes after this Ally got into the Histon box, was brought down from behind but to the surprise of most people the referee declined to award a penalty. 

After 67 minutes Histon found the net when following a long throw the ball came loose to JOE SUTTON, with the Melford defence retreating he fired the ball into the net. 

This acted like a double boost to Histon and urged on by their large contingent of supporters they laid siege on the Melford goal, forcing several corners, two of which were cleared off the Melford goal line. 

Then Histon had a huge shout for a penalty, which was turned down in favour of an offside kick to Melford.  

On 90 minutes Melford almost made the game safe, when substitute Lewis Haughton burst through the Histon defence but his shot was well saved by keeper Roach, atoning somewhat for his earlier error. 

The home team sustained five minutes of added time to get back to winning ways again.  

MELFORD: James Scammell, Daniel Smith, Josh Collins, Ben Judge, Ross Waugh, Anthony Waugh, Hassan Ally (75), David Lopez, Steve Adams, Scott Sloots (68), Callum Hemson (85) 

Subs: Will Wingfield (85), Lewis Haughton (75), Elliot Walker (68) 

Subs not used: Andy Fisher, Jamie Bradbury

  • Today's reserve team result was Saffron Walden Town Res 2 Long Melford Res 0

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