Al "Capone" Wharton pulls off St Valentine's Day Massacre

It was the biggest shock on St Valentine's Day since Bugs Moran's gang realised Al Capone's hoods weren't carrying violins. Cheshire League First Division side Linotype/Cheadle Heath Nomads were soundly beaten by Mellor Seconds, who made club history by reaching the Stockport Senior Cup Final as a reserve side. They now face Poynton on May 15th at Woodley Sports. Alex Wharton's side enjoyed the couple of moments of good fortune that all giantkillers need. But make no mistake. They were worthy winners against a side who are higher placed in their league than the team (Barnton) which eliminated Mellor Firsts from the Cheshire Cup. (more below)




Ryan Yates stuns Lintotype with a goal in 45 seconds.

Mellor had the perfect start. The defence broke up Lintotype's initial attack from the kick off. The ball was played down the inside right channel to Andy Given whose perfect curling right wing cross was diverted into the net at the far post by Ryan Yates' outstretched right leg with just 45 seconds on the clock. On five minutes Jamie Oldham, who was to have a huge influence on the game, suffered a head injury when bravely defending a cross inside his own six yard box. He was able to continue after lengthy treatment. Ten minutes later Mellor survived a scare when keeper Scott Waters' ineffective punch saw the ball drop into the danger zone but it was hastily cleared. Mellor were now into their stride and passing the ball crisply. On 21 minute Paul Goodwin's raking pass found Ryan Yates 10 yards out and he steered the ball home for 2-0. Linotype's mood - and their language - was as blue as their shirts. A minute later Waters made amends with a terrific save in a one-on-one. Linotype then hit the bar from distance but for the rest of the half Waters was largely untroubled. The next goal was crucial and Mellor scored it. On 56 minutes the ball broke loose in midfield and a Linotype player's attempted clearance saw it bounce off the on-rushing Kev Murray's knees and turn into a defence splitting pass for Andy Given. His Strictly Come Dancing shimmy sent the keeper chasing shadows and Given coolly rolled the ball into the empty net. Quality. Paul Newman replaced the tiring Yates on 57 minutes and on 67 minutes Chris Porter came on for Given. Mike Barlow then replaced Paul Goodwin with 10 minutes left. Linotype now enjoyed perhaps their best spell of the game and Scott Waters made his second vital save, flinging hinself low to his left to palm away a fierce 20 yarder. Five minutes from time Mellor's stalwart defence was finally penetrated and Linotype scored a consolation. But only fatigue prevented Kev Murray adding a fourth when he pulled up with cramp in the last minute with only the keeper to beat. Scott Cassidy was Mellor's Man of the Match but every one of the 14 was a hero and there were towering performances especially from Dave Whelan and Dunc Ellis. An amazing result. The Firsts went to Norris Villa and came away with all three points to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to six points as rivals faltered. Norris welcomed back a number of maverick players who seem to enjoy playing only against Mellor and it was a tough test. Mike Sharpe gave Mellor the lead in the first half but Norris pegged Mellor back after the break. It seemed likely to end in a draw when, with just three minutes left, Man of the Match Chris Coram received the ball from a short corner and found the net from a tight angle. Next week: Old Trafford away. The Thirds played top of the table Irlam Steel and narrowly lost 1-2. Sam Parker scored for Mellor who were 1-0 up and squandered several chances. Paul Wild was Man of the Match. The Fourths had no game



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PIC 1 Ryan Yates...two goals in Cup shock
PIC 2 Andy Given...killer goal and one assist

PIC 3 Scott Cassidy...Seconds Man of the Match

PIC 4 Chris Coram...vital late goal for the Firsts and Man of the Match.
PIC 4 Sam Parker...on target again for the Thirds
PIC 5 Paul Wild....Man of the Match for the Thirds