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Match Report v Stowmarket Town (League Cup)

LONG MELFORD 0 - 2 STOWMARKET TOWN

LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP 3rd ROUND - WED 11 DECEMBER

It was always going to be a tall order for Long Melford to retain the League Cup they won in May, only a handful of clubs have achieved back-to-back success in this competition since the Second World War.

The Villagers gave it their best shot this season, knocking out Hadleigh and Whitton, but runaway leaders Stowmarket proved too strong tonight and advanced to the quarter finals where they face a midweek trip to Swaffham in early February. Match report from Chenobert:

The powerful Stowmarket team overcame the plucky and courageous holders Long Melford, and so they continue their magnificent season. Both teams were missing key players, but that aside it was a decent game. 

After an opening ten minutes when both team threatened to go ahead, the visitors got their opening goal after 21 minutes, not without a good deal of controversy. 

A Melford clearance found JACK AINSLEY 25 yards from goal, and with the Melford defensive back line moving out quickly, his low shot with a possible deflection whistled past home keeper Matt Walker into the net. 

At that point the assistant referee had his flag raised, as three Stowmarket players were around the Melford goal in offside positions (later verified on video) - in the line of goalkeeper Matt Walker's vision.

However for some reason unknown to spectators and players alike, the referee Tony (sorry Tom) Hancock signalled that the goal was valid.  

It could have been Melford level after 33 minutes when youngster Callum Hemson, was put through on goal, but could only find the side netting from three yards out. 

The killer second goal arrived by way of a penalty on 42 minutes, when Dan Swain cleared the ball from the Melford box and was adjudged to have fouled the Stowmarket player in the process, one of those situations that can go either way. 

Up stepped top scorer JOSH MAYHEW to convert the kick. 

Into the second half and Melford battled well, clearing off their goal line twice, and never giving up in their efforts. 

But in the end it was a little bit of extra class that counted and Stowmarket went through to the next round. 

LONG MELFORD: Matt Walker, Dan Smith, Will Wingfield, Dan Swain, Ross Waugh, Anthony Waugh, Callum Hemson (74), Jacob Brown, Steve Adams, Jamie Griffiths (84), Kyle Hurley (54) 

Subs: Haaris Khan(74), Jake Jackson (54), Archie Pether (84) not used: Nathan Rowe, Steve Chisholm    Att: 91

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