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Long Melford 2-0 Woodbridge Town


By Rob Binns


Woodbridge Town had a night to forget away to Long Melford as a below-par performance led to a 2-0 defeat.


Goals from Ben Judge and Ryan Gibbs in the first half were enough to condemn the Peckers to defeat in a game they offered little threat on goal themselves.


The first chance of the game fell to the hosts after six minutes when a long ball out wide evaded the Peckers defence and allowed space for a cut back for Gibbs but his effort was wide of the mark.


Long Melford went in front in the 19th minute when a corner was cleared as far as Jacob Brown who punted a very high ball back into the box which Judge rose highest to head in from close range.


They doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Ben Judge punished some sloppy playing out from the back to steal possession before breaking into the box and squared for Gibbs to tuck into the empty net.


The hosts had a chance to wrap the game up in first half stoppage time when Will Wingfield broke down the left and his cross evaded everyone to reach Gibbs on the edge of the box but he just slipped as he shot and fired wide.


The second half followed the pattern of the first and Long Melford had a chance to extend their lead in the 55th minute when Wingfield broke to the byline and pulled back for Gibbs whose effort was turned over the bar by the fingertips of Alfie Stronge.


Three minutes later they went close again when Wingfield and Gibbs were both denied by strong Peckers blocks and the ball fell for Brown who rifled a half volley goalwards from the edge of the box which came back of the bar.


A disappointing game under the lights but the quick turnaround to Lakenheath’s visit to the Homestyle Ground on Saturday provides a perfect opportunity to bounce back.

 

Long Melford: Walker, B Judge (Brennan 86), Jackson, Collins, Whiting-Noakes, R Gibbs, J Brown, O Judge (J Gibbs 78), Dongray, Wingfield (Ally 75), H Brown (Glover 75) Unused: Roy


Woodbridge: Stronge, Schaar, Rea (Leggett 65), Southgate, Allen, Barber, Keeble, Wiggins, Crowe (Webster 4), Bolt (Finlinson 88), Monteith-Weed Unused: Clark

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