At a blustery Wellesey Road,
Melford crumbled to their fourth consecutive defeat, again conceding five goals as they did in the FA Cup against Boston Town.
Playing into the fierce wind Melford started
in a promising mode, forcing the first corner of the game, and then creating a good chance to take
the lead, Durell making a fine run and pass but Daw could not find the net with his close range shot.
For the first fifteen minutes
the game was evenly poised, but the movement and running of Woodcock, Lamb and Bartley started to present problems for Melford.
Upfront the holding and shielding of the ball by the experienced Roach was also producing another difficult
dimension for the Melford defence.
With little relief being provided from the
constant pressure, the Melford defence yielded after 26 minutes when the energetic WOODCOCK ran along the Melford
line without real challenge and casually picked his spot shooting past Croll in the Melford goal.
Three minutes later and the lead was increased
with keeper Croll misjudging a Palmer free kick in the blustery wind, the ball being retrieved from the byline by AGER
who bundled the ball into the net.
It was now almost one way traffic, Adams slipping over on a clearance and Bartley firing only inches wide. The confidence of the Melford
team seemed to drop lower and again some poor marking allowed LAMB through on goal unchallenged to put the ball into
Just as it looked as though Melford had
reached the safety of the half time whistle, the fourth goal came for Yarmouth: again some neat interchanging between Roach
and Woodcock set up LAMB who again in space picked his spot to shoot past keeper Croll.
Five minutes into the second half, Melford
grabbed a goal: some excellent work by Brind saw his fine cross to the far post met by CHISHOLM who chipped the ball
into the net past 'keeper Hilton.
Within a few minutes Melford could have
been back in the game: the hardworking Potter found space down the right flank and his cross found Daw but he was unable
to convert from close range.
After this little flurry it was back to
Yarmouth action with Roach heading just wide and Woodcock
putting his shot wide of the upright. At the other end there was a solitary long range shot from Bull wide of the target,
with Yarmouth going back to force a corner at the other
end. The corner, swung in by Palmer, beat the punch of 'keeper Croll, and there was AGER to prod home from close range.
Just time for Yarmouth to almost claim goal six when Bartley fired towards the corner of the net, but Croll
excelled with a fine flying save to thwart the home team.
Report courtesy Long Melford Website
Team - Michael Hilton, Adam Sewell,
Ollie Savage, Gareth Palmer, Adey Ager (Toby Gorbould 68), Alan Darby, Darren Lamb, Adam Sullivan (c.), Stewart Roach (Jake
Reed 73), Liam Bartley, Scott Woodcock (Mark Thompson 68). Sub. unused: Elliot Pride.
Referee - D D Haynes
Attendance - 59
Goal times - Yarmouth: Woodcock 26, Ager 28, Lamb 36, Lamb 44, Ager
68. L. Melford: Chisholm 50.