Mellor's embarrassing defeat in the Rhodes Cup

It looked like a home banker. But Mellor Firsts' Premiership squad were beaten 1-3 in the Rhodes Cup by minnows from Division D. Staly FC finished 10th in Division C last season. But they were given a massive advantage when Mellor's keeper Gav Thornley was sent off within 15 minutes for swearing at referee Duncan Bruce. Thornley was aggrieved at an earlier decision when the referee awarded a goal after the ball had been kicked out of the keeper's hands. His comments at another decision soon after earned him his marching orders. It was a tough lesson for Thornley whose similar outburst last year in the Cup at Whalley Range cost a goal and eventually the match. Ben Beer went in goal but Staly doubled their lead before Luke Jubb pulled one back. The 10 men of Mellor fell further behind and were unable to mount a comeback. The Seconds missed a penalty with five minutes left in their away game at Rochdalians only to see the home side then claim all three points with the last kick of the match. An extraordinary game in Brabyns Park where the Thirds went 1-4 down to Chorltonians in the first half, pulled it back to 4-4, went behind again but ended up handsome winners by 9-5. Andy Given scored seven, the first time any Mellor player has scored so many in one game for at least 31 years. Maciek Sobiegraj scored the other two.



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PIC 1 Gav Thornley sent off in the first 15 minutes for the Firsts
PIC 2 Dave Whelan missed a penalty for the Seconds
PIC 3 Andy Given SEVEN for the Thirds