Mellor Firsts' winning runs ends on the plastic

Mellor Firsts rarely seem to do well on artificial turf. And so it proved on Saturday when the side's six match winning run in the league ended with a 1-0 defeat to Old Ashtonians. Mellor started the brighter. Liam Totterdell had the ball in the net after two minutes but was harshly judged to be offside. A minute later the lanky striker surged down the wing and put over a cross that was scrambled clear. Dave Moss then hit a powerful drive just over the bar from distance and the omens looked good. Ashtonians rallied and on 10 minutes might have scored when a forward rounded Gav Thornley but the angle was too tight and the shot went wide. On 15 minutes Chris Coram broke down the right and crossed to the danger zone but Craig Frisby couldn't get a good connection and his effort skewed wide. Ten minutes later the home side scored what proved to be the crucial goal, a 35 yard free kick that Gav Thornley should have turned over but elected to catch. The pace and swerve took the ball through his hands and it dropped over the line. Ashtonians were now on top and missed a good chance on 34 minutes. After the break Mellor regained the initiative, Terry Boon's free kick on 50 minutes curled agonisingly wide. Then Boon's clever pass set up Frisby, whose shot on the turn had power but went past a post. Thornley saved Mellor on 61 minutes with a good stop in a one-on-one situation. In the gloom, only partially relieved by floodlights, Moss shot over. Danny Leibrick then replaced Totterdell and Luke Jubb replaced Jamie Berrisford, who had an excellent game. Jubb immediately threatened the home side's goal with a lob that the keeper turned over, his first real save of the match. In the next raid there was a pin-ball episode, with Mellor putting in three consecutive shots that were all blocked. Mike Sharpe replaced Tez Boon for the final seven minutes but Mellor could find no way through. The Firsts drop to third but are still well in contention with all three teams on 18 points.

The Seconds played out a 1-1 draw with Moston Brook thanks to a last minute goal from Jack Parr. Dave Whelan was Man of the Match. The Thirds got back to winning ways beating Denton West End's Firsts 6-4 at Brabyns. Maciek Sobiegraj scored three, and the others came from Ryan Yates, Chris Porter and one own goal. The Thirds are just two points off the top of the table. The Fourths crashed 7-4 away at Chorltonians. Mellor's goals came from Gary Brown, Tom Bradley and two from Tom Bright.




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PIC 1 Luke Jubb came on as sub and threatened Ashtonians' goal
PIC 2 Jack Parr...last gasp leveller for the Seconds
PIC 3 Maciek Sobiegraj..three for the Thirds
PIC 4 Tom Bright...two for the Fourths