Firsts beat Moston Brook again to finish sixth, Seconds lose

Mellor Firsts came from two goals down for the second time in four days to defeat Moston Brook and plunge them deeper into relegation danger. Two individual errors led to the visitors taking a 2-0 half time lead. But just as in Manchester on Saturday Mellor raised their game after the break, eventually scoring four goals without reply. Moston's cause was handicapped by a red card to a midfielder on 52 minutes with the score at 1-2.

Mellor started brightly enough and Carl Brindley, brimming with confidence, posed the first real threat, firing in a shot which bounced off the keeper's chest and was scrambled clear on eight minutes.

Moston might have taken the lead a minute later when Dave Moss under hit a pass and the visitors surged forward in a three on one situation but their striker shot wildly wide when a pass inside might have reaped more reward.

A minute later Brindly released Liam Totterdell but he could not bring the ball under control quickly enough. Moss then found Brindley in the area and the striker's shot seemed goalbound until a defender's leg deflected it for a corner.

Then on 20 minutes, against the run of play, the men in green scored when Gav Thornley was beaten to what seemed an innocuous cross and the forward headed home.

A minute later Jack Parr was yellow carded for simulation when he was clearly caught by the keeper's outstretched foot in the area.

Tottedell then found Brindley who smuggled the ball past a defender and shot powerfully but the Moston keeper made the first of a series of fine saves.

On 23 minutes Totterdell, raiding mainly on the right, crossed but Jamie Berrisford might have done better with a far post header.

Incredibly, on 27 minutes Mellor went 2-0 down. After over playing at the back Mellor lost the ball and a Moston forward was able to lob Thornley from close range.

A surging run and cross on 40 minutes by Mark Oldham picked out Jack Parr in a good position but his header lacked power.

In first half stoppage time a Totterdell header was cleared off the line.

Mellor began the second period with a greater sense of urgency and on 51 minutes reduced the arrears when Terry Boon controlled a raking Ben Beer free kick on the right and chipped the ball just inside the far post.

Moston then lost a player for dissent and from that moment it seemed only a matter of time before their fate was sealed.

Manager Stu Cumpsty replaced defender Matt Rogers with an attacker, Craig Frisby, and went to three at the back.

Long periods of Mellor pressure were only temporarily relieved by the odd Moston break.

On the hour Dave Moss cut inside and fired a blistering drive that the Moston keeper brilliantly clawed away for a corner at full stretch.

In the next attack, Frisby almost got in at the far post and four minutes later a Moss free kick saw Totterdell break clear and snake out a leg to turn the ball goalwards but the Moston keeper turned his effort against a post and away to safety.

On 71 minutes Danny Leibrick replaced Jamie Berrisford and a minute later Mellor scored again when Totterdell headed back a Mark Oldham free kick for Moss to drive home right footed.

On 79 minutes a flowing move ended with Brindley setting up Ben Beer whose delicious first time shot sailed into the roof of the net for 3-2.

Brindley then had a snap shot saved from six yards and a minute later fired over from a good position.

Mellor were sweeping forward at every opportunity now and a 60 yard Mark Oldham run gave Frisby the chance to tee up Brindley for another drive which again cleared the bar.

Moston tried to rally and on 85 minutes a rare counter attack saw Ben Beer having to clear off the goalline.

But the visitors' night of woe was complete when on 86 minutes Boon set up Totterdell to smash the ball home from seven yards for 4-2.

The win owed a lot to the industry of Jack Parr in midfield and the link up play of Brindley and Totterdell up front.

With Mellor awarded the points from a game against Old Trafford earlier in the season which was abandoned with the score at 3-2 the side will finish sixth.

The Seconds lost 2-3 away at Urmston with Steve Jackson scoring both goals and Alex and Cody Wharton playing a full 90 minutes.



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PIC 1 Terry Boon.....crucial first goal

PIC 2 Steve Jackson...two for the Seconds