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Match Report v Whitton (a) 2019/20

WHITTON UNITED 2 - 1 LONG MELFORD

THURLOW NUNN PREMIER - TUE 03 SEPTEMBER

Pictured: Hassan Ally scored his 20th goal for the club tonight.

The football gods have a way of balancing out luck. After receiving a generous slice of good fortune in the FA Vase win on Saturday, Melford put in a much improved performance tonight and were unlucky to go home empty-handed. Match report from Chenoberet:

Melford welcomed back five of their players missing from the Vase win on Saturday and turned in an excellent performance, commanding the game for long periods particularly in the first half, but somehow ending up losers at the end of the ninety plus minutes. Little justice for all for their fine efforts. 

The Villagers played some quick positive attacking football in the first period and constantly threatened the Whitton goal with Callum Hemson firing against the crossbar, Jamie Griffiths having two efforts cleared from the line and Hassan Ally firing wide when through on goal from the angle. 

With the home team playing down the slope, forcing a couple of corners but providing little threat to Ben Devlin in the Melford goal. 

The Villagers opened the scoring after 20 minutes, a good first time ball released HASSAN ALLY down the Melford left flank and the wide man cut in to fire at the angle past Josh Hender in the Whitton goal. 

There seemed to be no stopping Melford from this point with their adopted new style of fast attacking football, creating a constant threat to the Whitton goal, but despite all that their elusive finishing product was still not on show. 

Holding a high defensive back line cost them dearly on 43 minutes somehow JACOB LAY got beyond the offside trap, and with great panache, he twisted and turned round three Melford defenders in the penalty box to fire home a fine individual goal. 

Over the second period Melford were less of threat as they started to settle back into the old habits, dwelling on the ball too long, and were caught in possession several times as a result. 

In any sport luck is sometimes a deciding factor and on 49 minutes a Whitton corner found the Melford near post and the ball found the shoulder of LIAM WALES and then the Melford net, to provide what was the winning goal for Whitton. 

Although Melford continued to attack and had several close chances they could not level the scores.

Over the space of five minutes Jamie Griffiths was chopped to the ground, quickly followed by Hassan Ally and it was not a surprise as it happened right in front of the referee, the perpetrator of these challenges Kevin Inglis was shown two yellow cards, and the ultimate red card, on 59 minutes. The painful results saw both Griffiths and Ally limping off at the end of the game. 

Luck was not in favour of Melford as just in the final moments of the game Ally was through on goal and bundled off the ball in the box, but the referee deemed it a fair challenge. So no penalty.

And there it ended, a much better performance from Long Melford against but for The Villagers little in the way of justice for their efforts.

LONG MELFORD: Ben Devlin, Jake Jackson (70), Will Wingfield, Ben Judge (86), Ross Waugh, Anthony Waugh, Hassan Ally, Jacob Brown, Jamie Griffiths, Dan Swain, Callum Hemson  

Subs used: Sam Newton (70), Kyle Hurley (86) not used: Jamie  Bradbury  

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