Tight at the top

Mellor Firsts maintained their position at the top of the Premiership with a 2-2 draw away at Rochdalians but it's very tight now with three teams now disputing the title race. Mellor's Man of the Match Barry Dalby opened the scoring and it was 1-0 at half time. But Rochdalians scored twice to lead into the last five minutes and it was a late goal from Craig Frisby that earned the precious point. The performance from the whole side, especially Gav Thornley in goal was much improved from last week's defeat at Newton. The Fourths travelled to their old nemesis Irlam Steel and came away beaten 4-1. The scoreline hardly reflects the game, however. Maciek Sobiegoraj gave Mellor the lead inside four minutes, running onto a clever flick from Luke Mather to drill home low. Irlam equalised a minute later when a poor defensive header was seized upon and the ball driven into a corner. Stu Ridgway made a terrific save from a close range shot on 35 minutes and it was 1-1 at the break. Mellor, with several missing players including Paul Telfer, Gary Brown, Chris Petch, Pat Boyle and Tom Bright were a little disjointed in the first half. But found more cohesion in the second without really threatening the home goal. It looked as if the game would peter out to a draw when Irlam scored again on 80 minutes. Then an Irlam sub, who seemed far too good for Third Team football, came on and scored two breakaway goals as Mellor pushed up for a possible equaliser. Stu Ridgway was Mellor's Man of the Match. The Seconds and Thirds were rained off.



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PIC 1 Barry Dalby...Firsts' Man of the Match
PIC 2 Stu Ridgway...Man of the Match for the Fourths
PIC 3 Sam Porter....a new signing for the Fourths at full back.
PIC 4 Luke Mather....a new signing for the Fourths, plays up front.
PIC 5 Seb Mather ....a new signing for the Fourths at right back.