Firsts go third, wins too for the Seconds and Fourths, Thirds lose

Mellor Firsts rode their luck in the first half against Old Trafford but ended up comfortable 6-0 winners.

The visitors almost started the game with 12 men on the pitch but the referee spotted the oversight before the first whistle. The visitors, however, initially looked as if they still had the extra man and within five minutes had scored twice, both correctly ruled out for offside.

Mellor found their rhythm and on 10 minutes Man of the Match Danny Leibrick crossed for Carl Brindley who headed down for Dave Moss to shoot wide from 18 yards. Two minutes later good work from Jono Hunt saw him beat an attacker and slot a wonderful 40 yard pass to Craig Frisby who missed the target.

Old Trafford were dangerous too and shot over from a promising position The game flowed end to end and in the next attack Dave Moss had a shot saved at full length by the Old Trafford keeper, diving to his right.

On 21 minutes Ben Beer rose to head a Leibrick corner goalwards but the Trafford keeper saved easily. Trafford should have scored on 28 minutes but an incisive cross was missed at the far stick by a whisker.

A minute later Leibrick tricked his way into a good position but his clever pass was bundled clear. Four minutes later Jono Hunt almost set up Rob White with a header from a short corner but the full back shot over.

On 34 minutes Old Trafford hit a post and a minute later they rattled the same fixture. But Mellor promptly went up the other end and after Frisby and Moss had had shots charged down the ball came back to Leibrick who smashed it into the top right hand corner of the net for 1-0.

And a minute later Leibrick fed Adam Barlow 24 yards out and the flank player looked up and curled a delicious shot high into the exact same spot that his opposite winger had just found.

Old Trafford were stunned but retained their composure to strike Mellor's post for a third time on 39 minutes.

Three minutes after the break Carl Brindley drove the ball in low from 20 yards for 3-0 to almost guarantee the points.

Barlow then missed a good chance and on 62 minutes Mike Palmer replaced Dave Moss. His first touch was to head Barlow's corner in for 4-0 from seven yards out.

On 65 minutes Brindley's audacious flick from the edge of the box sent the ball arching over the keeper to slide just under the bar and down the net for 5-0.

A double substitution then saw Jack Hilton come on for Frisby and Matt Brady replace Barlow.

Leibrick was causing Trafford increasingly regular problems on the right and on 68 minutes he fed Brindley who shot home for 6-0 to complete his hat trick.

Brindley almost added to his tally but the Trafford keeper pulled off a terrific save, diving to his right to deny him.

It was showtime now with Mellor passing the ball left and right at will. On 78 minutes Beer popped up in the Trafford area for an outrageous back heel to an invisible colleague.

On 83 minutes Jack Hilton set up Rob White who shot too high.

And Trafford's chance of a consolation late on came and went, a forward squandering a good chance by firing wide. The win puts Mellor up to third in the Premiership.

The Seconds went to Hattersley to overcome Hollingworth Firsts 4-1. The first half was goalless. Man of the Match Dave Whelan equalised an early second half strike and then put Mellor 2-1 up.

Paul Newman made it 3-1 and Thierry Somao added a fourth.

The Thirds lost 1-2 at home to table toppers Parrs Wood. Nick Entwistle scored Mellor's goal from the spot. Christian Hynes was Man of the Match.

The Fourths won 3-2 away at Old Ashtonians after drawing 1-1 at the break. Man of the Match Maciek Sobiegraj scored all three, although Phil Brown in goal and Jack Needham ran him close for the accolade.

Dave Moss fires wide

A brilliant curling shot from Adam Barlow makes it 2-0 to Mellor

Mike Palmer scores with his first touch to put Mellor 4-0 up

Carl Brindley makes it 5-0

Leibrick to Carl Brindley who makes it 6-0

 

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PIC 1 Danny Leibrick, Man of the Match for the Firsts

PIC 2 Carl Brindley, three goals for the Firsts

PIC 3 Dave Whelan, two for the Seconds

PIC 4 Nick Entwistle, a penalty for the Thirds
PIC 5 Christian Hynes, Man of the Match for the Thirds
PIC 6 Maciek Sobiegraj, three more goals for the Fourths