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Pre Season Friendly Reports 2018



(Wednesday 08 August 2018)

The Reserves' pre-season came to a close with a good workout against Border League Premier opponents Earls Colne, who included many players from the Coggeshall area, plus a striker who arrived from Stratford in East London! 

Melford lost to a 26 minute goal by ex Wivenhoe player JAMIE HUDSON. 

Over the game Melford created numerous chances but were unable to convert. 

MELFORD: Michael Bett, Ryan McNicholas, Sam Newton, Dan Swain, Deklyn Roy, Craig Lee, Ashley Sloots, Andy Fisher, Addy Roy, Jason Joseph, Will Howe  Subs all used: Ryan Carter, Scott Barnes Archie Pether, Cory Willings, Keiron Fisher, Stuart Tricker, Robo Ominiabohs  

  • The Reserves' 2018/19 season starts on Saturday at home to Stanway Pegasus - 3pm kick off (admission £3).


(Saturday 28 July 2018)

Another great win for the in-form Reserves against Division 1 IDL oppenents, with that man again Addy Roy scoring his third hat trick of the pre-season.

A strong diagonal wind and hard surface made things difficult for both teams, it was Melford who took the lead after 37 minutes 16 year old Archie Pether whipped in a free kick, the home keeper collided with his central defender and WILL HOWE stroked the ball home.

The home team created chances but finishing was their downfall and when on target another youngster Michael Bett looked calm and assured in the Melford goal.

Two minutes before the interval, a lapse in defensive marking saw TOM HOLLIS unmarked at the far post and his neat finish levelled the score line.

With the wind partially behind them the second half belonged to Melford.

They went into the lead after 55 minutes when PERRY NEWMAN took on the home defence to net a fine goal.

On 63 minutes after a shot had been parried Will Howe squared for ADDY ROY to score his opening goal.

Another Melford youngster Danny Harewood (good pedigree here, cousin of Trevor Sinclair) completed some nice wing work, pulled back his pass for WILL HOWE to convert.

Seven minutes before the end ADDY ROY netted from 15 yards for the Melford fifth goal.

On the final whistle Archie Pether played in ADDY ROY to convert for his hat trick.

Plenty of promise in this team with the seven Under 18s from the Mick Garbi team showing some real class.

MELFORD: Michael Bett, Perry Newman, Sam Newton, Ollie Brooker, Myles Clark, Ty Williams, Elliot Walker, Archie Pether, Addy Roy, Jason Joseph, Will Howe Subs all used: Scott Barnes, Cory Willings, Danny Harewood, Callum Denson



(Friday 27 July 2018)

Will Wingfield scored twice in tonight's friendly against Bostik Premier side Brightlingsea Regent. 


Melford had 7 changes to the team that started Saturday's friendly win against Bury Town.

Four minutes into the game with everyone looking for an offside flag BILLY HUNT latched on to a through ball and put the visitors ahead. 

On 28 minutes Melford levelled when WILL WINGFIELD ran through the Brightlingsea defence to net. 

No further goals in the half but two great saves from Melford keeper Glen Morrison and just before half time torrential rain and a thunderstorm arrived. 

After 59 minutes BILLY HUNT scored his second goal of the evening.

On 68 minutes Melford levelled when WILL WINGFIELD tucked away a David Lopez corner. 

The hat trick arrived for BILLY HUNT after 77 minutes, another excellent goal. 

On 90 minutes HARVEY HODD fired home from the angle for Brightlingsea. 

Just time for Melford to get another goal back, when Josh Collins' 30-yard shot hit the bar and WILL HOWE headed home the rebound. 

MELFORD: Glen Morrison, Dan Smith, Josh Collins, Jake Jackson, Anthony Waugh, Pablo Chaves, Hassan Ally, David Lopez, Will Wingfield, Scott Sloots, Nathan Rowe Subs used: Mitchell Potter (gk), Aaron Pengelly, Archie Pether, Will Howe, Callum Hemson not used: Steve Adams    Att: 84


(Wednesday 25 July 2018)

Another good workout, with Addy Roy completing his second hat-trick of pre-season. 

After 5 minutes Melford took the lead when SAM NEWTON fired home from the angle. Three minutes later and Melford went further ahead with an ADDY ROY shot nestling in the corner of the net. 

Within minutes the visitors got a goal back when TIM RIX headed home. 

On 25 minutes a long ball from defence from Deklyn Roy found ADDY ROY who beat the oncoming keeper to the ball to slot home. 

On 33 minutes an Addy Roy cross found SAM NEWTON who side footed home.

This was followed by Perry Newman finding ADDY ROY to net for his hat trick. 

After 42 minutes DALE MUNSON scored a fine individual goal for Bildeston. 

The visitors had much more of the play in the second half and after 68 minutes ex Melford player TREVOR VINYARD headed home. 

The last goal of the game after 80 minutes when Perry Newman threaded a pass to KEIRON FISHER to run through and fire home. 

MELFORD: Shane Bethell, Perry Newman, Sam Newton, Craig Lee, Deklyn Roy, Connor Pash, Ashley Sloots, Archie Pether, Addy Roy, Andy Fisher, Will Howe   Subs all used: Scott Barnes, Keiron Fisher, Ryan Carter, Ty Williams, Ollie Brooker, Danny Harewood   Att: 53



(Saturday 21 July 2018)

Nathan Rowe scored from the penalty spot for the second successive friendly [Photo: PENGELLY PHOTOGRAPHY]

Both teams were minus regulars and featured new players. Melford almost changed their entire team in the second half, while Bury also made numerous substitutions.

Bury were on top early on and took the lead after nine minutes, some neat play saw a Tanner Call cross converted by RYAN HORNE from close range. 

Melford then came into the match more and almost levelled when Bury keeper Luis Tibbles pushed an Aaron Pengelly shot round the post. 

The equaliser came after 23 minutes when a 30 yard Scott Sloots free-kick was saved by keeper Tibbles and BEN JUDGE fired home the loose ball. 

The opening ten minutes of the second half saw a much-changed Melford line-up under Bury pressure and two golden chances were missed, one off target and the other a good save by Glen Morrison the Melford keeper. 

Gradually the play evened up and after 73 minutes Nathan Rowe was brought down in the area by keeper Tibbles. Up got NATHAN ROWE to convert from the spot to give Melford the lead. 

From then on play fluctuated from end to end with no further scoring. 

MELFORD: Mitchell Potter, Josh Collins, Dan Smith, Elliot Walker, Ross Waugh, Anthony Waugh, Sam Bayliss, Aaron Pengelly, Scott Sloots, Steve Adams, Ben Judge  

Subs all used: Nathan Rowe, Glen Morrison, A Trialist, Hassan Ally, Jake Jackson, David Lopez Callum Hemson, Will Wingfield  Att: 112


(Saturday 21 July 2018)

After a nervous start against a strong Gas line up, Melford scored the first goal which was disallowed by the match official. 

After a Melford defender lost the ball close to goal Gas went ahead after 35 minutes. 

Melford levelled soon after when WILL HOWE took advantage of a keeping mistake. 

Within three minutes Gas regained the lead, some sloppy play saw an excellent Gas finish. 

Melford showed their spirit when a fine though ball from Ryan Carter found WILL HOWE who lobbed the advancing keeper. 

Minutes before the end Gas scored the winner with Melford appealing for offside. 

Manager Stuart Malseed was greatly encouraged by the performance that included six Under 18 players in the team.   

  • The next friendly is on Wednesday when the Reserves are at home to Bildeston Rangers (7.45pm at Stoneylands).



(Wednesday 18 July 2018)

Photo appears with thanks to PENGELLY PHOTOGRAPHY.

This was another useful friendly for Melford with 9 players involved who didn't play at the weekend, including several new faces. Played on the Linton College Astroturf, some excellent football was produced by both teams in an entertaining draw. 

After a good through ball from A Trialist, HASSAN ALLY converted from close range after 13 minutes to give Melford the lead.

After 35 minutes STEVE ADAMS headed home for the second goal. 

On 40 minutes Will Wingfield was brought down in the area and A TRIALIST scored from the penalty spot. 

Melford changed their squad for the second period, with 7 players coming off the bench.

On 48 minutes with Melford looking for the referee to confirm the offside flag, TAZ CHISANGO scored for Linton. 

After 53 minutes ANDY PALMER scored from twenty yards for Linton. 

After a David Lopez shot hit the Linton bar, the home keeper brought down Callum Hemson in the area, and NATHAN ROWE converted the penalty. 

On 72 minutes SIMON GREATHEAD scored from an angle, followed by a deflected shot from ANDY PALMER to level after 83 minutes. 

This overall was a good performance from Melford. Next up is two friendlies on Saturday, the Reserves away to Witham Town (12.15pm) and the First Team at home to Bury Town (3pm, admission £3).

MELFORD XI: Glen Morrison, Dan Swain, Steve Adams, Josh Collins, Liam Newsome, Hassan Ally, Jake Jackson, A Trialist, David Lopez, Sam Bayliss, Will Wingfield Subs all used: Nathan Rowe, Ben Judge, Cory Willings, George Bugg (gk), Callum Hemson, Aaron Pengelly, Ben Davis


(Saturday 14 July 2018)

Photo: Melford defender Josh Collins takes the ball forward. 

Thank you to Ben Pooley for this image and the photo on the home page.

Follow Ben on Twitter at @Benny_P17 for more images from today's match.

This match was a good advert for sportsmanship, played in excellent spirit with barely a foul all game and some very good football on show. 

Each of the teams were at least six players out from their anticipated squad starts and several players were on trial.

For Melford David Lopez came close with a shot in the opening minutes whilst at the other ex Melford player Jamie Griffiths headed inches over the Melford bar. 

Throughout the game there was not a huge difference between the teams, although Melford keeper Glen Morrison produced two top drawer saves to keep Melford in the game. 

Needham's opening goal came when Melford gave the ball away to the always dangerous ADAM MILLS after 37 minutes and he put the visitors ahead.

The Marketmen went further ahead after 56 minutes when keeper Morrison came off his line and was beaten to the ball by a Needham forward who rolled the ball into an empty net. 

In added time Melford got a deserved goal when SCOTT SLOOTS fired home from 25 yards. 

After the game the Melford management were very pleased with Melford performance against a team two divisions above. 

MELFORD: Glen Morrison, Jake Jackson, Josh Collins, Elliot Walker, Ross Waugh, Anthony Waugh, Callum Hemson, David Lopez, Will Wingfield, Scott Sloots, Aaron Pengelly  Subs used: Cory Willings, Ryan McNicholas, Josh Norris, Mitchell Potter (gk)


(Saturday 14 July 2018)

Playing against opposition two divisions above in the Border League, this was an excellent win for Melford. 

Domination for Melford turned into goals, when early on ADDY ROY fired home from close range. 

This was soon followed by an excellent long range strike from under 18 player ARCHIE PETHER.

Just before half time ADDY ROY converted from the penalty spot. 

Early into the second half ADDY ROY completed his hat trick with an audacious overhead kick from 12 yards.

The home team were then awarded a penalty, 16 year old Melford keeper Michael Bett made an excellent save but Barnston scored from the rebound. 

Manager Stuart Malseed was pleased with the effort and performance of the whole squad.

MELFORD: Shane Bethell, Scott Barnes, Ryan Carter, Connor Pash, Logan Pigram, Deklyn Roy, Archie Pether, Jason Joseph, Perry Newman, Hassan Ally, Addy Roy, Subs all used:  Jordan Melia, Mitchell Thurlow, Michael Sharp, Ben Lodge, Matt Bridges, Stuart Tricker, Michael Bett (gk)

  • The next friendly is on Wednesday (18 July) when a Long Melford XI is away to Linton Granta (7.30pm kick off).


(Thursday 12 July 2018)

Melford included a host of new faces and trialists in their opening friendly against Border League opponents, played at Colne Engaine. 

The home side’s winning goal was scored by Callum Rogers, while goalkeeper George Bonta saved a penalty taken by former Melford forward Michael Runicles (now Tiptree player/manager).

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