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Match Report v Stowmarket Town

STOWMARKET TOWN 4 - 2 LONG MELFORD

Thurlow Nunn Premier - Saturday 07 March

After taking a two-goal lead it will be difficult to accept for Melford to end up with no points, a repeat of the previous game against Brantham Athletic last week. 

It was an evenly fought first half, with the home team having plenty of possession but the Villagers dangerous on the break and never being overawed by the power and prestige of the runaway leaders Stowmarket. 

After 8 minutes on a boggy surface Melford defender Steve Adams slipped over only to be rescued by his keeper Matt Walker who retrieved the loose ball.

After 15 minutes home player Joe Jefford left the field injured to be replaced by Ollie Brown from the subs bench.

After 24 minutes Melford came close when a Jamie Griffiths free kick skimmed the Stow upright. 

Four minutes later and the home team spurned a great chance somehow Josh Mayhew defeated the offside flag and his shot on goal deflected for a corner. 

The hard work for Melford paid a dividend on 44 minutes a Ben Judge corner found Steve Adams at the far post and his header looked goal bound until defender Anton Clarke intervened with his hand. So a red card for Clarke and NATHAN ROWE converts from the spot for Melford. 

Melford started the second half in style with Callum Hemson finding space down the right flank and his excellent cross finding JAMIE GRIFFITHS at the far post to head home in the 50th minute.

Stowmarket pulled a goal back on 56 minutes, with Melford failing to clear a crossfield pass, JOSH MAYHEW fired home from 15 yards. 

This acted as the blue touch paper for the home team and urged on by their boisterous supporters they started to dominate the game. 

The much travelled Dave Cowley fired against the Melford crossbar twice, with each time the ball being cleared off the Melford goal line. 

On 78 minutes Stowmarket levelled when JACK AINSLEY fired home from 25 yards via the outstretched hand of keeper Walker. 

On 83 minutes Melford had a good chance to restore their lead when Ben Tait squared the ball to Rowe on the edge of the box, but his delayed shot was cleared by the home defence. 

After all the battling work Melford lost the ball in their own half in the 88th minute and CHRISTY FINCH fired home.  

In added time MATT BLAKE scored Stow's fourth goal. CHENOBERET

LONG MELFORD: Matt Walker, Kieran Michaels, Will Wingfield, Archie Pether (84), Steve Adams, Anthony Waugh, Ben Judge, Jacob Brown, Jamie Griffiths, Nathan Rowe, Callum Hemson (81)  

Subs used: Ben Tait (81), Jake Jackson (84) not used: Dan Smith   Attendance: 312

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