Thurlow Nunn: Long Melford stretch unbeaten run, while Woodpeckers climb to fourth

Woodbridge celebrate a goal in their win at Holland FC

Woodbridge celebrate a goal in their win at Holland FC - Credit: Archant

The Villagers of Long Melford stretched their unbeaten run to five games after sharing the points with their visitors Ely City in the Thurlow Nunn Premier.

This was literally the game of two halves, with Melford bossing the first half and Ely taking the plaudits over the second period.

Just five minutes into the game and Melford went ahead, a Reece Clarke corner found Michael Runicles and with a glancing header he found the net.

Runicles was denied his second goal with Ely keeper Harry Reynolds diving at his feet, followed minutes later by an identical save by Reynolds to thwart Will Wingfield when through on goal.

While Melford enjoyed a better first half, it was the visitors who shaped better after the break, with the trickery of Kelvin Enaro high on the agenda.

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The consistent pressure from Ely paid off and after 76 minutes they equalised, with a shot from Matthew Simpson taking a couple of deflections and leaving Darren Moyes stranded in the Melford goal.

Elsewhere, Woodbridge Town climbed up to fourth in the First Division table after securing a hard fought 2-0 win away at Holland FC.

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The match was fast and furious, but apart from Holland hitting the post, the Woodbridge defence were holding firm and moving the ball nicely.

The Woodpeckers opened the scoring on 58 minutes, a long throw by George Bowman went over the heads of the Holland defenders and Aaron Churchyard dived low to head past the Holland goalkeeper.

The hosts fought back as Woodbridge’s goalkeeper Alfie Strong made a diving save, with the rebound falling to Wayne Chapman who shot just wide of the post.

Woodbridge increased their lead in the final minutes with an excellent goal.

Ben Garnham won the ball in midfield and passed to Liam Scopes, who put a great through ball to Ryan Keeble, who ran through and planted the ball into the net.

The visitors worked extremely hard against a competitive Holland team, with the Woodbridge management pleased with the team’s commitment and application to clinch the win.

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