Firsts beat Govan to go third, Seconds snatch late equaliser, Thirds win

 

Mellor Firsts won their second consecutive game under caretaker manager Phil McGreal, despatching arch rivals Govan to the bottom of the Premiership table with a 6-3 away success.

There were big performances from Carl Brindley, Danny Leibrick and Chris Coram but every player shone in an exciting encounter.

Paul Swann almost gave Mellor the lead after two minutes, heading just wide. But on eight minutes Mellor went ahead when Carl Brindley fed Craig Frisby who volleyed in.

Mellor were quickly in to their neat passing game, with Chris Coram pulling the strings in midfield. But Govan were dangerous on the break and Gav Thornley had to be alert to make a good one handed save on 17 minutes.

Craig Frisby hit the bar from a Paul Swann corner. Then in the next attack he flicked on from a throw-in and Jono Hunt saw his goalbound shot blocked.

Mellor were in cruise control but on 38 minutes Govan equalised in bizarre fashion. Gav Thornley spilled a long shot onto the post but recovered to grab the ball as it squirmed along the line. The referee, fully 50 yards away, unbelievably awarded a goal, despite protests from the entire Mellor team.

Justice was done six minutes later when Dave Moss released Danny Leibrick on the right and his cross was turned in by Carl Brindley for 2-1.

A minute after the restart a Leibrick corner, headed on by Paul Swann was cleared off the line. Govan missed a rare chance on 50 minutes. But a minute later Adam Barlow jinked down the left, twinkled toed along the byline and squared the ball for Man of the Match Brindley to plunder his second.

Four minutes later another controversial refereeing decision saw Govan given a free kick on the edge of the box after a player had been allowed to go on and fire over. The kick flew into the top left hand corner.

Leibrick was tormenting the Govan defence on the right and on the hour his cross was deflected into the path of Adam Barlow, who should have scored with a header but put the chance inches over.

A minute later Lewis Smith replaced Rob White a right back. On 74 minutes Leibrick whipped in a near post corner which Paul Swann gleefully headed powerfully into the net from five yards for 4-2. With 15 minutes left Matt Jamieson replaced Carl Brindley and went up front. Within a minute he latched onto a Craig Frisby pass but his shot was deflected over.

Mellor worked a short corner and Leibrick fed Chris Coram whose shot hit the side netting. On 81 minutes Ben Beer put the result to bed, getting a toe to Leibrick's near post corner and steering the ball home from six yards.

On 84 minutes, as Mellor pushed up in search of more goals, Govan scored again to make it 5-3 but after Jamieson had missed a good chance his hard work allowed Leibrick to evade a tackle and drill the ball home for his second goal in consecutive games.

The Seconds held top of the table Bedians 1-1 at Wood Lane thanks to the quick thinking of Man of the Match Dave Whelan, who drilled home a free kick from range in the 90th minute as the visitors were erecting their wall.

The Thirds went to Chorlts and bagged a 4-1 win, with goals from Man of the Match George Telford (3) and sub Steve Baguley. They stay second in Division C.

The Fourths' trip to Irlam Steel was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

 

Carl Brindley hammers in Adam Barlow's cross

Ben Beer deflects Danny Leibrick's shot in

Leibrick completes a masterclass with Mellor's sixth goal

 

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PIC 1 Carl Brindley, two goals for the Firsts and the Man of the Match award

PIC 2 Danny Leibrick, terrific wing play, three assists and a goal

PIC 3 Dave Whelan, late, late goal for the Seconds and the Man of the Match award

PIC 4 George Telford, a hat trick for the Thirds