Mellor 0 Wythenshaw Amateurs 3 in a friendly
Mellor's winning run in friendlies ended on Saturday July 25th when Wythenshawe Amateurs ran out 3-0 winners in the sunshine at Wood Lane. The Manchester League Premier Division side harried Mellor from the first whistle and proved too strong in key areas of the pitch. That said, Mellor contributed to their own downfall with two uncharacterisrtic defensive lapses in the second half which led to two goals after the visitors took a 1-0 half time lead. Mellor passed the ball well at times but Wythenshawe's centre back pairing blunted the home side's attack and the visitors' goal was rarely threatened.
Manager Stu Cumpsty took the opportunity for further experimentation and played left back Cameron Manning at left side midfield, with Chris Coram at No.3. Dave Moss returned to centre midfield with Mike Palmer and Jubb and Brindley started up front in the absence of Mike Sharpe, off with a bad back. The first drama came after nine minutes when Gav Thornley had to leap to his left to palm away a fierce drive. Mellor wasted two free kicks from the right side by over hitting the ball and found little joy on the flanks against tigerish fullbacks. Mark Oldham and Craig Fairfield appeared to be comfortable against the visitors' attack. But on 40 minutes a scruffy header from a right wing corner bobbled over the line to put Mellor 1-0 behind.
Paul Newman replaced Scott Cassidy at right back for the second period and Chris Porter came on for Manning. After five minutes Terry Boon had to be replaced by Jack Parr after suffering an injury. A minute later Porter got to the goalline on the left and pulled the ball back causing rare consternation in the Wythenshawe defence. As the ball was returned from the right substitute Jason Wilde had a good opportunity but could not connect with his scissor kick. In the next attack Chris Coram released Porter again in a similar position but his dangerous cross was bundled away. On 59 minutes a misplaced Criag Fairfield pass was seized upon by a Wythenshawe forward who ran on to beat Gav Thornley comfortably. Craig Frisby replaced Wilde and Dave Wilkinson came on at left back with Coram ousting Moss in midfield. Terry Wilson replaced Luke Jubb on 70 minutes for a further reshuffle, with Palmer moving up front. On 71 minutes Gav Thornley made another good save in a one-on-one situation. But Wythenshawe extended their lead on 82 minutes when a second wayward pass out of defence opened the way for a clinical finish for 3-0. There were late fleeting substitute appearances from John Callaghan and Maciek Sobiegoraj.
It was a stern test and Mellor can take heart that they were never overrun by their higher calibre opponents. But more strike power is clearly needed.
Terry Boon fires over in the first half
Jack Parr is crowded out
Mellor's best chance, but Jason Wilde mistimes his volley
Craig Frisby and Palmer test the Wythenshawe defence