In the Thurlow Nunn Premier, Long Melford beat Walsham-le-Willows 1-0 to complete a double over a team just above them in the league.

Bury Mercury: Sam Hawley scored for Haverhill Borough in their loss to Kirkley. Picture: GARY BROWNSam Hawley scored for Haverhill Borough in their loss to Kirkley. Picture: GARY BROWN (Image: Archant)

A first half domination against a below par home team should have seen Melford in a secure position at half-time, but that did not happen and a revived Walsham came very close to sharing the points during the second period.

Straight from the kick-off Melford spurned a good chance, Callum Hemson made space down the right flank and his low cross saw a sliding Nathan Rowe push the ball wide of the post.

The Melford goal came after 12 minutes as a long throw from Lopez found the Walsham box,and Andy Fisher prodded the ball to Will Wingfield, who converted from close range.

After 41 minutes a real chance for Walsham came when Reece Clarke got to the edge of the Melford penalty area but Darren Moyes, the Melford keeper, made a sharp save from his well-struck shot.

Just on the half time whistle it looked as though Melford had consolidated their lead, a long ball from the back put Fisher on a charge to beat the advancing keeper Tom Coombs.

The resultant lob from Fisher went over the keeper, hit the post and nestled into the turf, being cleared by the home defence at the expense of a corner.

It was a much better second half for Walsham and they threw bodies forward to retrieve the game, but couldn’t find the vital breakthrough.

Elsewhere, Haverhill Borough fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat in a lacklustre performance against Kirkley and Pakefield.

The visitors took the lead in fortunate circumstances after 18 minutes. Home goalkeeper Ed Greenhall produced a fine save to deny Liam Harvey-Cooper although the ball cannoned out to Jordan Haverson who curled the ball home.

Kirkley added the second from the penalty spot after Baker was fouled by the on-rushing Greenhall following another quick break.

Borough lifted their performance somewhat in the second half, and reduced the arrears on 72 minutes when Sam Hawley deflected in a corner.