Firsts push Whalley Range close, Seconds too.

With manager Stu Cumpsty away and the side missing five players the Firsts put on an excellent performance against would be champions Whalley Range. But Mellor eventually succumbed to record their ninth defeat of the season by the odd goal. Craig Fairfield, at centre back, ably supported by Ben Beer was Mellor's star man, handling the visitors' potent attack well. Jack Parr worked tirelessly in midfield and Luke Jubb made the most of limited service up front. Goal chances for Mellor were few. The best chance came early in the second half when a throw in bounced over the Range keeper's head but Jubb, a yard out, could not hook the ball back from the byline and the moment was gone. Range scored the game's only goal on the hour when a miskicked left wing cross hit Gav Thornley and trickled into the net.

Mellor's Seconds were also heavily depleted and were forced to play an injured Jamie Berrisford against Range's Seconds away. They came away losing 5-3 with Paul Goodwin scoring twice. Paul Newman was the side's star man.

The Thirds' John Callaghan is happily home from hospital, bringing with him this X ray of the broken right arm sustained against Hooley Bridge in the Whitehead Cup quarter final.

It's semi-final week this week...with Mellor Fourths first up at Woodley on Tuesday and then the Seconds starring at Trafford FC. Both play sides from Chorltonians and both games kick off at 7pm.

John Callaghan's broken arm


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PIC 1 Craig Fairfield...Firsts Man of the Match

PIC 2 Paul Newman...Man of the Match for the Seconds