Harrison and Longley give Haverhill the victory while Lampshire nets twice for Team Bury
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Debenham LC 0 Saffron Walden Town 0
The defences held sway right from the start as Debenham LC and Saffron Walden both struggled to make a clear opening in front of goal.
After 36 minutes Debenham midfielder Jerome Haynes was dismissed for a late and heavy tackle but the home team maintained their interest in the game by strong running and tackling that kept the visitors’ defenders busy.
Saffron Walden dominated the second half of the match as would be expected with a man advantage but as in the first half The Bloods could not make a clear chance and Debenhams’ ‘keeper dealt with crosses and high balls comfortably.
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As the game drifted towards a close Saffron Walden continued to attack and saw Sam Chilvers make two quick saves followed by a goal line clearance by Tom Fenner to keep the scores goalless as the referee blew the final whistle.
Haverhill Borough 2 AFC Sudbury Reserves 0
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Goals from Callum Harrison and Owen Longley gave Haverhill Borough a comfortable 2-0 win against their local rivals from Sudbury.
Borough started well, and a dummy by Harrison in the fourth minute set up Ryan Weaver who broke though the left-hand side of the Sudbury defence but shot weakly at goalkeeper Luke Avenell.
Borough were provided with a chance to take the lead when, what looked like an innocuous challenge on Harrison by Stephen Adams, the Sudbury centre back, was judged as a foul and the hosts awarded a penalty. Justice was seen to be served however, when Weaver fired the resulting spot kick well over the bar.
Borough continued to press, and just after the half hour, a quick ball through saw Harrison evade the Sudbury back four, and although his initial shot was blocked by Avenell, the resulting scramble saw him collect the ball again in the middle of the Sudbury penalty area and fire it home.
Longley doubled the Borough lead five minutes after the break. A powerful run from the half way line took him into the Sudbury area, and although it appeared he had over-run the ball, he somehow toe poked the ball past Avenell from a tight angle.
Team Bury 2 Long Melford 0
Melford made a bright start and could have been three goals to the good within the opening minutes.
After 18 minutes though Melford created their own downfall, a header back to ‘keeper Sam Mansfield from Chris Toole fell well short and Lampshire had the easy task of sidefooting the ball into the Melford net.
A similar exercise was executed by the Melford defence four minutes later, this time a back pass which Lampshire accepted with joy and netted from five yards.
The visitors introduced two substitutes at half-time but the final ball was always wanting so they failed to claw back any goals.