Reaction – Long Melford boss Jules Mumford wants his troops to stay in the mix at the top

Long Melford boss Jules Mumford

Long Melford boss Jules Mumford - Credit: James Ager

Long Melford boss Jules Mumford believes his side may well be on course for a historic season.

Debenham head coach Stuart Reavell

Debenham head coach Stuart Reavell - Credit: James Ager

The Villagers maintained their position at the top of the Thurlow Nunn First Division following Saturday’s 5-1 triumph over Debenham LC, and Mumford is excited at what could be around the corner at Stoneylands.

“What can we achieve this year? Well, if we carry on like that, we’ve got to be looking at keeping in the mix to the end,” said Mumford, whose side have never played in the top tier (Premier Division) of the Eastern Counties Leagues.

“I want us to keep up there.

“It was a big game today – Debenham had not lost at home before so to come here and beat them is fantastic.”


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Considered dark horses this campaign in pre-season following some strong summer recruits, Mumford is hoping his ‘village side’ can keep up their momentum.

He continued: “We are a village side.

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“We have got Sudbury, Haverhill, Halstead, Hadleigh, and Bury on our doorstep so there is lots of competition for players, but this is the best Melford squad we have had.

“We have just got to look at keep picking up points and see where we end up.”

Debenham boss Stuart Reavell was left a frustrated figure at full-time as his side lost their previously unbeaten home league record.

“The boys went off the boil,” Reavell admitted.

“When you go off the boil to a team like Melford, you’re going to get punished.

“It’s disappointing. For us, it’s a case of do we have the character to rebuild and start again? I hope we do.”

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