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Mellor Firsts played some of their best football of the season in the first half against title challengers Moston Brook to build up a commanding 3-0 lead. Mike Palmer and Barry Dalby were at the heart of most things but there were good performances all round. Moston could not cope with the way Mellor hounded down the ball and when they had it found men often with slick one touch passing. After five minutes Palmer nodded a deep cross back across the area for Dalby to rise from a crowd and head just inside the post. Five minutes later Dalby's defence splitting 30 yard pass released Mike Sharpe for a one-on-one with the keeper and he coolly caressed the ball with the outside of his right foot to the keeper's left and inside the far post. On 23 minutes, a delightful precision passing move saw Luke Jubb send Terry Boon away on the left to beat a defender but have his cross cut out on the by-line at the expense of a corner. On 27 minutes Moston Brook had a man sent off for foul and abusive language towards the referee, a second yellow card, although it might have been a red. Mellor took full advantage and Palmer made it 3-0 with the best goal of the day, a delightful move which saw him find the net with a low drive from the inside right position. Mellor eased off and the visitors scored after 52 minutes and began a mini revival. Gav Thornley had to save a long range free kick and Moston won several corners. Liam Totterdell replaced Jubb on 75 minutes as Mellor weathered the storm. In the closing minutes Jack Parr and Dave Moss came on for Paul Swann and Mike Sharpe. With four minutes left Mellor broke through Moston's high line offside trap and Palmer ran on in the inside right channel to draw the keeper and slip the ball left for Dave Moss to score from six yards. Moston had by now collected several yellow cards and it was no surprise when they had a second man (their captain) dismissed for further abuse of the referee, again a second yellow. The win puts Mellor four points clear at the top of the Premiership. The Seconds had no game. The Thirds lost 1-2 at home to Abacus Media conceding an own goal and a penalty. Sam Parker scored for Mellor and John Callaghan at centre back was Mellor's star man. The Fourths returned to winning ways away against Moston Brook Thirds. Goals from Luke Mather (2) and Tom Bright gave Mellor a 3-2 win in a game where they led 1-0 and 3-1. Terry Wilson in centre midfield was Mellor's Man of the Match and the side go back to third behind Bedians and Irlam Steel.




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PIC 1 Mike Palmer...a goal and two assists for the Firsts
PIC 2 John Callaghan....Man of the Match for the Thirds

PIC 3 Luke Mather.... two goals for the Fourths

PIC 4 Terry Wilson....Man of the Match for the Fourths