THURLOW NUNN ROUND-UP: Thrower scores twice as Hadleigh United defeat Whitton
Thurlow Nunn football round-up from the weekend
Premier Division Hadleigh United 2 Whitton United 0
Hadleigh took their unbeaten run to seven matches with leading scorer Danny Thrower scoring both goals. However, a young Whitton side provided resolute opposition, despite facing almost certain relegation at the end of the season.
The deadlock was broken on the hour when Thrower was upended in the area before picking himself up to convert the resultant spot-kick. Nine minutes later Thrower increased the lead with a low shot from long range which beat Ross Welton inside the ‘keeper’s left-hand post.
Saffron Walden Town 0 Long Melford 2
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The home team were unable to out-perform a buoyant Melford team who showed some excellent defending capabilities enhanced by two clinical finishes.
Melford took the lead within the opening two minutes. Visiting full back Josh Dalziel played the ball into the Saffron Walden box and the ball eventually found Melford’s leading scorer Jamie Griffiths who beat Lee Pacey in the home goal.
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Three corners for the hosts arrived in quick succession, the closest chance for an equaliser coming when striker Graeme Turner put a dangerous ball into the Melford box, Dalziel clearing over his own bar to avert danger.
Soon after this, James Thomas was given time to turn in the box and his forceful shot squeezed past the clear side of the Melford post.
On 36 minutes another quality goal put Melford further ahead, a 35-yard free-kick from Reece Clarke finding Griffiths again on the far post edge of the box and his looping header deceived everyone, including a flatfooted keeper Pacey, to find the home net.
After 70 minutes the game was held up for several minutes when Jamie Griffiths was taken out by a late challenge from Craig Calver, with the Melford management on their feet incensed by what looked to be an ugly challenge.
After three minutes treatment Griffiths was able to continue with Calver perhaps somewhat lucky to receive only a yellow card.
Mildenhall Town 4 Haverhill Rovers 1
Mildenhall notched up their eighth win on the bounce with this result, sending Haverhill to the seventh loss in their last eight games.
The away side actually led first after 25 minutes, Luke Haines’ deep ball allowing Rory Jebb to catch goalkeeper Josh Pope unawares and he was dumbfounded as the ball crawled into the bottom left corner.
Mildenhall equalised in the 32nd minute, a corner on the right eventually ending up with Luke Butcher who netted from close range.
Two minutes into added time at the end of the first half and the hosts took the lead. Away ‘keeper Callum Robinson pulled off a good save but a foul by Chris Claydon in the follow up allowed Luke Parkinson to score from the penalty spot.
Eleven minutes into second period it was 3-1 to the home side, Kelvin Enaro’s cross met by the head of an unmarked Bacon, then 30 seconds later, the game was effectively over when Enaro’s positive run ended with him putting the ball right and across goal for Bacon to get past Robinson and score the fourth.
Woodbridge Town 1 Downham Market 0
Woodbridge Town climbed the league table to sixth position with a late win.
George Bowman receiving a red card for a late tackle after 79 minutes was, until the goal, the most dramatic part of the match.
But on 93 minutes Ryan Keeble’s shot from the edge of the area secured Town the win.