Firsts lose in Cup thriller, Seconds stroll through in the Wray Cup, Thirds up to second

Few players will score a hat-trick and end up on the losing side. But that was Craig Frisby's fate as Mellor lost 5-6 to unbeaten Fletcher Moss in a Rhodes Cup thriller at Wood Lane.

The newly elected Division Three outfit top their division with maximum points and 50 goals from nine matches. They also dumped Premiership side Bedians out of an external cup 3-0.

And they started the game in confident mood, forcing Gav Thornley into two good saves in the first five minutes.

Mellor found it hard to get out of their half and almost conceded on eight minutes when a Fletcher Moss forward curled the ball a foot wide.

Thornley made two further interventions to deny the visitors a goal but on 22 minutes Mellor's defence was finally broken. Three minutes later the men in yellow hit the post from a good position.

But against the run of play Barry Dalby conjured an equaliser, firing in from 22 yards off the far post. Amazingly a minute later, after a flowing move, Dave Moss made it 2-1 from a similar distance. It was the first time this season Fletcher Moss had been behind in a game.

They quickly struck back with two goals in four minutes to lead 3-2. But with Mellor showing more cohesion and adventure now, a good move saw Craig Frisby upended in the box by the keeper. He coolly slotted the spot kick home to the keeper's left.

Thornley made another telling save on 49 minutes. But a minute later the visitors scored again.

Lewis Smith replaced King and showed good grit and pace on the flank. But Thornley was called to action again on 57 minutes diving low to his left to stop a drive, then happy to see Ben Beer kick the follow-up shot off the line.

Moments later Frisby rose to a right wing cross to guide a delicious header into the top left hand corner for 4-4.

Fletcher Moss again struck the post. Then Jono Hunt headed over from a corner when well placed.

Adam Barlow replaced Barry Dalby and the game was end to end. Fletcher Moss missed an easy headed chance. Then Thornley added another save to his collection from a fiercely struck free kick.

On 90 minutes Frisby flicked a long ball behind the visitors' defence to send Jack Hilton ten yards clear for what might have been an incredible winner. But a defender made up the ground and denied him with a last ditch tackle on the edge of the box.

Extra time brought another good save from Thornley but then Fletcher Moss scored twice to apparently put the game to bed.

But Mellor weren't done. Dave Moss almost scored a second, getting to the byline and chipping the ball agonisingly six inches over the bar.

Fletcher Moss were lucky not have a player red carded for kicking out long after the ball had gone.

Carl Brindley replaced Moss as Mellor went to three at the back. With the clock ticking down Frisby's head met another right wing cross to nestle the ball just inside the far post for 5-6 and his first ever Mellor hat-trick.

In the dying moments Mellor almost forced penalties but it was not to be.

The Seconds played Denton West End in the Wray Cup, the away fixture switched to Brabyns. The visitors did have a man sent off in this one and Mellor strolled to a 4-0 win with goals from Craig Fairfield(2), Thierry Somao and Matt Brady.

Fairfield converted an Andy Kuehl corner on two minutes. It was 1-0 at half time. Then Fairfield added a second after the break from Paul Newman's delivery.

Thierry Somao slotted a third and Matt Brady added a fourth in the last minute.

The Thirds were in league action and went second in Division C with a 2-1 win over Santos FC. George Telford and Sam Parker netted.

Finally congratulations to Paul Telfer on reaching 40. Here he is (in the front) with Sir Matt Busby, hoping to be signed by Manchester Utd. Sadly it was only a dream.


Barry Dalby rifles home

Dave Moss scores

Craig Frisby converts from the spot.

Ben Beer attacks the ball

• Click return to News page




PIC 1 Craig Frisby...hat-trick hero but ended up on the losing side.

PIC 2 Barry Dalby...back in a Mellor shirt....and scored

PIC 3 Craig Fairfield....two for the Seconds

PIC 4 New signing Thierry Somao...scored for the Seconds
PIC 5 George Telford...scored for the Thirds
PIC 6 Sam Parker...scored for the Thirds