Forbes’ strike came on 19 minutes as Yarmouth broke from a corner while good work on the left allowed Vide to power home with a quarter-hour remaining.
Long Melford’s captain Justin Crissell got the hosts back into the game and Martin Westcott fired the penalty onto the bar.
Along with Forbes, manager Mike Derbyshire
gave league debuts to goalkeeper Danny Cable
and defender Shaun Macleod, with other new signings Danny Scriven, Johnny Jarvis
, Josh Thomas
and Danny Wise starting on the bench.
Yarmouth started the more positively as Danny Burkle rose highest from a Fernando Vide corner but headed over and a Charlie McAra
cross was blasted over the bar by George Barnden
Fernando Vide, who had been causing trouble for Long Melford right back Tim Attwood in the opening stages, found space to fire a shot wide from the edge of the box on ten minutes.
Five minutes later a deep run from defence by Sim Lee gave the captain time and space to curl an effort wide of the post, and Charlie McAra
fired wide after being found by a well-placed through ball into the box.
Long Melford’s first chance came on 18 minutes, Yarmouth’s defence failed to deal with a long throw into the area, leaving Richard Partridge free to poke an effort goal wards from six yards which Danny Cable
turned over the bar.
From the resulting corner Yarmouth cleared and broke. Sim Lee’s lofted ball over the top sent Mitch Forbes clear of the last defender on the left hand side, and the experienced striker had all the time and space he needed to power his strike over keeper Sam Mansfield and into the roof of the net.
The goal sparked the hosts into waking up. Dan Cann’s had an effort from 20 yards that was deflected through to Danny Cable
with 30 minutes of the game gone.
But that was as good as it got for the hosts in the first half as defender Errol Durell had to be substituted with an injured knee after colliding with fellow team-mate midfielder Paul Barnes in the centre circle.
Danny Burkle rifled the woodwork after being found with an inch perfect through ball by Mitch Forbes and Forbes’ deflected free kick flew wide while Burkle headed an effort wide as the visitors pushed for a deserved second before half time.
Long Melford reminded Yarmouth of the threat of having a slim advantage three minutes into first half stoppage time as Chaise Guyon headed a free kick over the bar from six yards.
The hosts came out of the half time break the sharper and they almost equalised with a spark of brilliance. Midfielder Richard Partridge hit a dipping volley from 30 yards out that had Yarmouth keeper Danny Cable
backtracking towards his Own Goal
but the effort missed the top corner by inches.
Five minutes later Jack Durey found Dan Cann whose turn and shot on the edge of the box whiskered wide of the post.
But the turning point of the game came a minute later. Dan Cann challenged Yarmouth keeper Danny Cable
to a bouncing ball, but despite the keeper winning the ball in the air, Cann collided with Cable, leaving the debutant with an injury that he was unable to continue with.
With Yarmouth’s other goalkeepers unavailable – Alberto Lopez out with a fractured shoulder and Ben Cudden
with an illness – it was left to midfielder Johnny Jarvis
to take the grey jersey.
It was the last thing for Yarmouth to worry about as they were refused several free kicks by the referee as Charlie McAra
and latterly Callum Jones
were clearly fouled in positive positions.
When the free kicks were eventually rewarded Sim Lee curled an effort from 20 yards at Long Melford keeper Sam Mansfield and Callum Jones
volleyed over the bar from the edge of the box.
Justice was seemingly done when the second goal came with 14 minutes remaining of the game. George Barnden
fed Fernando Vide wide on the left side, and the tricky winger found space to cut inside and power in a low effort that beat the hosts’ keeper at the near post.
With the game in its final stages Long Melford threatened to make a comeback as the hosts’ captain Justin Crissell rose highest to power a free kick goal wards, but stand-in goalkeeper Johnny Jarvis
couldn’t hold onto the effort, allowing Crissell to tap the rebound in from three yards.
As the game headed into stoppage time the hosts could have equalised. A ball over the top sent Martin Westcott away on the left side and after cutting inside the substitute rolled his low effort inches wide of the far post.
The comeback was almost completed four minutes into stoppage time; Dan Statham sent scrawling to the ground after being barged to the ground by stand in keeper Johnny Jarvis
From the resulting penalty Martin Westcott rifled the spot kick onto the underside of the crossbar, only for the rebound to bounce on the right side of the goal line from Yarmouth’s point of view and was cleared away.