THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Long Melford 6
Newmarket Town 1
Newmarket Town suffered a second heavy away defeat in a matter of days on Saturday afternoon, this time at the hands of Long Melford.
Earlier this month promotion-hunting Godmanchester Rovers put four past the Jockeys, but Melford went two better in what ended up being a rout at Stoneylands.
There was only two minutes on the clock when hosting Melford went ahead.
Some good work between Scott Yearling and Reece Clarke forced a poor defensive clearance, which went straight to the feet of Jamie Griffiths and from 15 yards out, he thumped the ball into the net.
The home team continued in the driving seat and it was no surprise when after 19 minutes they went further ahead.
A Clarke corner was headed across the box by Yearling and once again Griffiths was on hand to volley in at the back post.
This seemed to give Melford a little bit of a rest period and Newmarket came more into the game, with Josh Parnell heading straight into the arms of home goalkeeper Sam Mansfield.
Newmarket’s Alfie Call then fired a dangerous cross into the Melford box, but none of his team-mates had read the situation and the chance was gone.
On 40 minutes, Melford had a golden chance when Dan Swain played in Griffiths, but visiting keeper Lachie Allan dived to smother the ball at the striker’s feet.
The second half opened with Melford on the attack, with Harry Fryer and Griffiths having efforts blocked on the line.
The standout player in the Newmarket team was Deakan Napier and it was he that reduced the arrears.
Having spotted that Mansfield had strayed from his line, the attacker sent a shot from 25 yards out arrowing into the top corner of the net.
However, Newmarket’s hopes were short lived when in the 63rd minute Melford got a third goal.
Griffiths turned provider this time, playing in Nathan Rowe to pick his spot from the edge of the box.
There was further drama two minutes later as Ross Waugh, who was clean through on goal, was brought down by Call and the Newmarket man was red carded,
From the resultant spot kick taken by Griffiths, keeper Allan was able to dive and save near to his right hand post.
But, three minutes later Griffiths was able to complete his hat-trick with a header from Clarke’s corner.
Melford increased their winning margin in the 73rd minute when a shot from Clarke deceived keeper Allan to find the net.
It was now a question of how many for Melford, with efforts from Griffiths, Yearling and Fryer all being blocked on the goal line, before Yearling scampered away to add a sixth goal via a deflection that left Allan between the posts helpless.
n Kevin Grainger’s Newmarket will look to return to winning ways when they travel to Hadleigh United tomorrow evening (7:45pm).
Then, on Monday, they are due to play host to second from bottom Swaffham Town in their penultimate game of the season (7:45pm).