Football: Melford 1, Thetford 1

IT was getting close to a celebration drink at Melford, as the home team looked to be edging to their first win of the season, but that dream was shattered when Matt Dixon headed the equaliser on 74 minutes.

Richard Kemp

IT was getting close to a celebration drink at Melford, as the home team looked to be edging to their first win of the season, but that dream was shattered when Matt Dixon headed the equaliser on 74 minutes. Again it was an improved Melford performance and in the first half they had chances to put the game out of reach for the Norfolk side. Both Fisher and Dean Costello put wide good efforts, with the opening goal coming on 27minutes, when from a Costello corner ,McSweeney powered a header across the box and Cawtheray converted from close range. Then it was down to keeper Bowden to save the visitors making two fine close range saves from Flack followed by Statham slicing his shot wide from the edge of the penalty box. After the interval Melford seemed to tire in the midfield areas and the Norfolk team started to dictate the flow. But it was Melford who came closest, Crissell inches wide with a header from a Costello corner. It was now Melford in a defensive mode and finally the leveller came. Substitute Davies found space down the Thetford right flank and his perfect cross was headed home with power by Dixon giving St Ledger in the Melford goal no chance.

The best chance of a winner fell to Melford with Flack and Skeggs combining well the ball was laid back to Fisher and his well struck shot seemed destined for the net before keeper Bowden produced a flying save to push the ball round the post.

MELFORD St.Ledger, Gamage, French, McSweeney, Crissell, Millar,(80) Dean Costello, Statham, Flack, Cawtheray,(80) Fisher Subs Declan Costello, (80) Skeggs, (80) Dack

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