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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Long Melford impress as they go through in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 16:42 26 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 26 August 2018

The Long Melford team which made progress in the FA Cup. Picture: KEVIN COOK

The Long Melford team which made progress in the FA Cup. Picture: KEVIN COOK

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FA Cup Preliminary Round

Long Melford 3

St Margaretsbury 1

With the largest crowd of the season behind them, Melford dug deep to record a well-earned victory, against Essex Senior League opposition, who had some very good players but did not perform as a team, writes Richard Kemp.

The Melford defence, as solid as Fort Knox, dealt with any threats, and behind them keeper Glenn Morrison made two crucial saves when the scoreline was still 0-0.

The opening ten minutes saw the Hertfordshire team on the offensive, and Melford found the pace and trickery of ex-Wycombe Wanderers trainee Ramone Cassidy Sinclair difficult to deal with.

On 24 minutes Melford keeper Morrison kept the score intact, as a corner from Dan Ferrigno found Taylor Wild and his first-time volley on the swivel was magnificently pushed over the bar.

At times this season Melford have proved slow starters and so it proved in his game but gradually the team effort started to knit together, and on 32 minutes they went ahead.

A Nathan Rowe free kick wide on the left flank was parried by keeper Reece Grundy and Anthony Waugh slammed home the loose ball.

This inspired Melford to greater things and on 36 minutes they went further ahead as a Dan Swain corner found Steve Adams and his bullet like header again was parried, only for Hassan Ally to convert from close range.

The Villagers started the second half with great determination with man of the match, Ben Judge, being involved in most moves.

On 56 minutes the visitors almost got back in the game when a piledriver from Tom Cowell was deflected for a corner by the strong Melford back line.

The game swung in favour of St Margaretsbury for ten minutes through the mid-period of the half, with them forcing three corners on the trot but Melford reigned supreme with their great defensive qualities.

On 82 minutes Melford put the game to bed when a bad pack pass was retrieved by Steve Adams and his first shot bounced off the keeper but he tucked in the rebound.

In the five added minutes Melford went into a slumber and Cowell fired home from 15 yards for a consolation goal.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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