Thirds pull off shock win....Firsts lose record....Seconds and Fourths draw.

A mixed bag of results, with the Thirds pulling off a shock win away at Abacus Media with a much weakened side, the Firsts slipping up 1-2 at home to Old Strets and draws for the Seconds and Fourths. The Firsts took the lead through Martin Jackson but were pegged back before the break. In the second half they dominated for much of the 45 minutes but the visitors always looked dangerous on the break. Mellor had to thank Gav Thornley for two excellent saves, one from a penalty after Man of the Match Barry Dalby was judged to have handled and a second from a point blank piledriver. Andy Given, coming on as a sub, created two wonderful chances for himself with silky turns, but first he fired wide, then his second effort lacked power. Eight minutes from time Strets pierced Mellor's defence following a throw in on their right wing and this time Gav Thornley was beaten. Mellor had the ball in the net late on but the referee ruled the goal out for an alleged raised boot, although the defender appeared to duck very low in trying to head clear. The Seconds seemed to be cruising at 2-0 against lowly Bedians with strikes from Luke Jubb and Jamie Oldham. But the home side hit back and led 3-2 with three minutes to go. Cue Kev Murray, who popped up with a late equaliser. The Thirds, with 10 players unavailable and manager Dunc Bray away, took a scratch side to Abacus Media Seconds' astro pitch and won 1-0 with a blinding volley from Martin Banks. Sam Parker was voted Man of the Match. Congratulations to stand in manager Phil Brown. The Fourths fielded several new signings against a much changed Stoconians side and found themselves 1-0 down midway through the first half. It was the first goal conceded in three games. However, the defence held firm thereafter and shortly before the break Gary Brown crashed home a Paul Telfer right wing corner for 1-1. There was no further scoring, although Mellor squandered several second half chances. Sam Healey was Mellor's top performer. The Fourths have no game this week but with many players away at a stag do in Prague there may be opportunities in higher teams.

 

Brief highlights from the Firsts' game including Gav Thornley's penalty save.

 

 

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PIC 1 Barry Dalby...Man of the Match for the Firsts
PIC 2 Gav Thornley made two brilliant saves for the Firsts, including a penalty
PIC 3 Mike Barlow...top banana for the Seconds
PIC 4 The only Banks worth cheering at the moment....Martin Banks, who scored the Thirds' winner
PIC 5 Gary Brown...thunderous diving header to score for the Fourths
PIC 6 Maciek Sobiegoraj ....new signing for the Fourths
PIC 7 John Ward made his debut for the Fourths
PIC 8 Aaron Purcell...new signing for the Fourths
PIC 9 Adam Axford....new signing for the Fourths