Seconds thrash VIP, Thirds win at home

Thawing snow meant the First team game at Wood Lane and the Fourths' fixture were postponed. The Seconds travelled to Scholes Playing Fields, Gatley in Division 2 to meet bottom club VIP Firsts and recorded Mellor's biggest win for several seasons, with a 10-1 success.

Ironically VIP started the better of the two sides and missed an excellent chance on eight minutes. Jack Parr was then booked for a trip.

On 13 minutes Craig Fairfield headed narrowly wide from a Steve King free kick and five minutes later the same player's unfortunate slip in the box allowed the home side a clear chance which they gleefully took for 1-0.

Their joy was short lived as Thierry Somao sent a bullet header flying into the net for 1-1 a minute later, from a Matt Brady free-kick.

Mellor clicked into gear and produced some dazzling passing moves. On 26 minutes Matt Peck fed Brady whose shot was just tipped round the corner by the VIP keeper.

Two minutes later Brady returned the favour and Peck's shot was deflected for another corner.

Brady then released Somao whose shot drew another good save from VIP's keeper.

The home side, in tangerine, had some quick forwards. But they were well marshalled by Mellor's back four of Cassidy, Wilde, Fairfield and Wilkinson.

On 31 minutes a Steve King free kick hit the bar and bounced over with the VIP keeper helpless.

Peck, bursting through the middle at pace, looked certain to give Mellor the lead on 35 minutes but elected to shoot (wide) when Somao could have tapped in a square pass.

A minute later there was controversy. Craig Fairfield charged down a goalbound shot and with VIP claiming (wrongly) handball Mellor broke away and within three passes Matt Brady was clear and firing home off the keeper's right hand post.

Brady might have added to his tally three minutes later, fluffing a one-on-one chance. But on 41 minutes Peck was tormenting the VIP defence again, dancing through tackles to round the keeper and slide the ball home for 3-1.

Stu Ridgway in Mellor's net was largely a spectator. But he was called into action on 44 minutes turning a shot onto the crossbar and then catching a follow up shot that might have left him stranded.

Just before the break Jason Wilde headed over VIP's bar from a corner.

More controversy at the start of the second period, with Peck upended in the box by the keeper but referee Geoff Gregory ignored appeals for what looked like a clear penalty and a red card.

The VIP keeper seemed to be injured in the collision with Peck and was replaced. But the stand-in keeper's first action resulted in a blunder when he kicked a clearance against a defender and Thierry Somao ran on to make it 4-1.

A flurry of yellow cards followed as tempers frayed and VIP became frustrated.

On the hour Jack Hilton replaced Somao and two minutes later was sent clear by a sumptuous Steve King pass and raced on to drive the ball home for 5-1.

Mellor now produced their best football, carving VIP open again and again.

Peck made it 6-1 from a Matt Brady assist.

Then Dave Whelan, back after a broken leg, replaced Wilkinson and created more havoc down the left flank.

On 74 minutes Hilton made it 7-1 from Peck's pass and soon after Matt Brady made it 8-1 after Peck's effort had been saved.

Mellor looked as if they could score with every attack.

Hilton put Peck in for his hat-trick and 9-1 on 81 minutes.

Then a brilliant move saw Scott Cassidy rifle the ball narrowly wide from an acute angle.

On 85 minutes another glorious passing move saw Whelan and Hilton combine to cross for Brady to fire wide.

Whelan's slide rule pass then sent Hilton clear but his shot was blocked before Man of the Match Brady completed his hat-trick on 88 minutes for 10-l.

It was a tremendous team effort with every player deserving credit for keeping up the pressure and the commitment right to the last minute.

The win puts the seconds up to third in Division 2 behind Bedians and Santos.

The Thirds hosted Old Strets at Brabyns and won 5-2 with goals from George Telferd(2), Tom Bright, Steve Baguley and Sam Parker.

The win means the Thirds are second in Division C one point behind Bedians.

A Merry Christmas to everyone connected with Mellor FC. Please try to support the New Year's Eve Raffle (if you have tickets) and the new Mellor 100 Club.

Thierry Somao celebrates his bullet header for 1-1


Matt Brady makes it 2-1

Steve King hits the bar with a free kick

Craig Fairfield heads narrowly wide

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PIC 1 Matt Brady, three goals and the Man of the Match accolade for the Seconds

PIC 2 Matt Peck.....a hat trick for the Seconds

PIC 3 Thierry Somao....two for the Seconds

PIC 4 Jack Hilton....scored two for the Seconds
PIC 5 George Telford...scored two for the Thirds