Mellor find Helsby too strong in the Cheshire Cup

West Cheshire League side Helsby dumped Mellor out of the Cheshire Amateur Cup 2-0 in the first round at Wood Lane on Saturday. But Mellor's players can hold their heads high after a good performance. The Wirral side were just a little too strong for Mellor, who toiled for much of the match to create decent openings. With Liam Totterdell unavailable until the second half, Mellor began with Luke Jubb and Carl Brindley up front. Their movement was good but they lacked the service to penetrate a big physical Helsby rearguard. Mellor had a chance in the first minute, Jamie Berrisford crossing from the left only for Adie Campbell to head over. A minute later Adie got his head to a Terry Boon corner but again failed to find the net. Three minutes in and Helsby missed the first of a series of good chances, a forward lobbing Gavin Thornley but putting the ball wide. Mellor were often caught by the simple long ball. The tactic yielded two more chances in the first 12 minutes, the first was knocked wide, the second produced a good save from Thornley. Adie Campbell almost broke the deadlock with his third header - from a Terry Boon cross this time - but the Helsby keeper made a fingertip full length save at the expense of a corner. Thornley was then called into action again, saving a long range effort, then moments later coming out bravely to smother a Helsby attacker's shot and finally parrying the ball away for a shot on the rebound which Scott Cassidy kicked off the line. On 39 minutes Helsby finally scored from the spot after Thornley tripped a forward in a race for a loose ball. Two minutes from the break Helsby hit the post.

Totterdell replaced Brindly shortly after the interval and his height caused the visitors' back four problems. But on the hour Ben Beer misjudged another long ball down the middle and a Helsby forward tucked it away for 2-0. Mellor now enjoyed their best spell, knocking the ball around confidently and finding gaps. On 70 minutes Jack Parr replaced the tiring Campbell and on 82 minutes Chris Porter came on for Jamie Berrisford, who had put in a good shift. Moss's passes were finding players in space now and from one flowing move Chris Porter's shot cannoned back off a post. But Helsby's strength and experience saw the game out. There were good performances all round, especially from Thornley, Coram, Moss, Oldham and Jubb.

The Seconds went to Gatley and came away with a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down. Goals from new signing Danny Mather and Dave Whelan repaired the damage. Matt Rogers was Man of the Match. The Thirds opened up a two point lead at the top of Division C with their third consecutive league win, this time 4-2 over strong rivals and last year's champions Strets. Given (2), Sobiegraj and Banks scored. Given opened the scoring before the visitors equalised. Given then gave Mellor a 2-1 lead. Sub Maciek Sobiegraj came on and made an immediate impact, scoring an excellent goal. Martin Banks made it four before a second goal for Strets. Gino Sassanelli was the star man. Aaron Greaves got his first senior goal for Mellor in a 1-1 away draw at Barr Hill Reserves for Mellor Fourths in Division D.


Adie Campbell's header flies over



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PIC 1 Adie Campbell went close for the Firsts
PIC 2 Dave Whelan late goal for the Seconds
PIC 3 Martin Banks scored for the Thirds
PIC 4 Aaron Greaves on target for the Fourths