Thurlow Nunn round-up: Wins for Thetford Town, Stanway Rovers and Framlingham Town
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In the Thurlow Nunn Premier, energetic Thetford fully deserved their 2-0 victory at Long Melford, and with better finishing in the first half the score line could have been greater.
The opening goal came after 57 minutes – full back Sam Bond, without real challenge, found the edge of the Melford box and his low hard cross was diverted into the net by Robbie Priddle, giving keeper Darren Moyes little chance.
Four minutes later and the score was doubled. This time Tanner Call made an unchallenged run and his cross was knocked home by Ross Bailey.
After this Melford rallied and tried to get back the game without success and their bad day was not improved on 90 minutes when, after a tangle with Bond, Josh Collins was sent off for retaliation.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Premier, a 3-0 loss on Friday night at home to Stanway Rovers made it consecutive defeats for Haverhill Borough. Borough fell behind as a fine counter-attack was rounded off by Taylor Bannister for Stanway.
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Borough could, and should, have been level at half time, but Ryan Swallow’s effort was saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper.
The game was killed off just after half-time, with another Stanway counter proving effective; Joe Heron finishing off a rapid attacking move that settled the game.
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The scoring was then finished in spectacular fashion by Stanway’s Lewis Hewitt, whose half volley from outside the box made it 3-0, and while half chances fell to Craig Pruden and Charlie Holmes in the second half for Borough, Stanway deservedly took all three points.
In Division One, Ed Goddard made his debut in goal for the home side and gave a polished performance as Framlingham kicked off their league season with a deserved three points.
A goal in each half saw off Braintree Reserves who played some excellent approach football but failed to test the keeper as Fram squandered numerous chances, and a second half penalty from Danny Smith that was skied over the bar.
Smith scored following a lay off from Taylor on 14 minutes before Jake Taylor made the points safe after 69 minutes.