Firsts win at Moston Brook, Seconds and Fourths lose

Mellor Firsts are on course for a possible fifth place finish after coming from 3-1 down to beat Moston Brook away.

Carl Brindley was the hero, scoring twice and producing excellent link up play which helped to overwhelm the home side on the 3G artificial pitch.

Moston Brook started the brighter and Gav Thornley was called upon to make a superb save in the first minute to prevent a certain goal in a one-on-one situation.

Jamie Berrisford replied with a surging run and cross which no team mate could capitalise upon. On nine minutes Jonathan Hunt set up Liam Totterdell and his shot was touched onto the bar by the home keeper. But Carl Brindley was on hand to lash the rebound into the net from 10 yards.

Three minutes later Mellor's defence seemed to misjudge the bounce of a high ball and a Moston forward tucked home a shot for 1-1. It got worse for Mellor two minutes later when a Moston forward evaded three tackles in a run from midfield and Ben Beer, trying to toe the ball away, only succeeded in firing past his own keeper for 1-2.

The men in green had their tails up and Gav Thornley had to be alert to save a powerful free kick with his feet. On 21 minutes Ben Beer, trying to make amends, worked a good position but saw his shot drift just wide. On 29 minutes Beer met a Dave Moss free kick with his head but the effort curled wide of the far post.

On 37 minutes Moston went 3-1 up with a long range free kick over the wall which beat Gav Thornley into the top left hand corner. When Matt Rogers was called from the bench to replace a hobbling Craig Fairfield a Mellor revival looked unlikely. Rogers went to left back with Dave Whelan slotting in at centre back and Jack Parr crossing to right back.

But three minutes later Berrisford released Totterdell on the left and he strode on to fire the ball low into the far right hand corner of the Moston net for 2-3.

The goal seemed to deflate Moston and after the break it was all Mellor. The men in blue began using the long ball more and with Brindly and Totterdell holding it up well and the midfield breaking forward Moston had no answer. Boon and Parr on the right and Berrisford and Rogers on the left also caused the home side consistent problems.

On 53 minutes Jack Parr shot just over from 20 yards and a minute later Brindley did the same from a similar central position. Mellor were rampant and a slick passing move released Dave Moss on the right and his cross bisected the six yard box with no colleague there to poke it home. Hard working Terry Boon then got to the byline and crossed but Jonathan Hunt pulled up his run when the odd bounce would have favoured him to score.

On 65 minutes Brindley made it 3-3, crashing in a low shot from the right into the far corner of the Moston net. A minute later Berrisford set up Totterdell who pulled the ball back only for Brindley to rattle the crossbar.

Moston struggled to get out of their half and when they did Mellor's defence coped admirably. Rogers and Parr bottled up their flanks and Beer and Whelan dealt with everything in the air. On 68 minutes Totterdell finally restored Mellor's lead with a curling, dipping shot from fully 25 yards into the top right hand corner of the net.

On 79 minutes Thornley produced an excellent full length save, diving to his right to palm away a long range effort. But it was almost his only task of the second period. Two minutes from time another Mellor attack ended with a Moston defender scoring an own goal to make the score 5-3. A red card for the home side's centre forward completed a miserable day for them.

Mellor Seconds lost 2-4 at home to Hazel Grove, Matt Peck netting twice. The Fourths lost 1-4 at home to Santos, with Gary Brown scoring.

 

Ben Beer is beaten to the ball by the Moston keeper

Jamie Berrisford waits to pounce

Carl Brindley fires home

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PIC 1 Carl Brindley....two goals and the Man of the Match accolade for the Firsts

PIC 2 Matt Peck...two for the Seconds