Firsts' fourth straight win, Seconds out of the Wray, Thirds progress in Whitehead.

Fourths go down in the Hellawell

Mellor Firsts continued their charge towards the top of the Premiership with a fourth straight win, completing a double over Cheadle Hulme Villa.

The visitors, including Mellor old boys Jamie Longson and Luke Warburton, had the best of the first half and took the lead. But Mellor came back strongly after the break and goals from Carl Brindley and Craig Frisby sealed the points.

Mellor had a good opening on four minutes when the Villa keeper sprinted from his area only to be beaten to a long pass by Brindley on the left wing touchline. The striker fed Adam Barlow but he shot wide.

On 11 minutes Villa went ahead when a diagonal free kick from the right found an attacker in space and he chested the ball down to find the bottom corner. Warburton then fired a foot wide from 20 yards as Mellor struggled to establish their passing game on a boggy pitch.

Five minutes before the break Warburton crafted a second opening and was only denied by a splendid save from Mellor's Man of the Match Gav Thornely, whose strong hand turned the shot over the bar. Two minutes later Dave Moss reached the byline and his cross caused consternation in the Villa defence but was cleared.

After the interval Mellor began to find colleagues better and on 51 minutes a slick move saw Frisby cross for Barlow whose first touch six yards out was excellent but whose shot was charged down by the Villa keeper.

On 59 minutes Thornley made his second match-winning save, clawing the ball away in a one-on-one situation. A minute later as Frisby and Brindley ran in for a cross, a defender pushed Brindley to concede a penalty. Frisby's low shot was saved but the alert Brindley followed up to bundle the ball home for 1-1.

Immediately Jack Hilton replaced Brindley up front and Mark Oldham came on at right back for Lewis Smith.

Hilton took five minutes to create an opportunity to slide Chris Coram in but the Villa keeper's right foot saved his goalbound shot.

Two minutes later Hilton fed Barlow whose shot crashed against the Villa bar. Matt Brady was introduced for Barlow. The visitors were rocking now and on 79 minutes Jono Hunt's telling 40 yard pass found Craig Frisby in the inside left position and his controlled shot across the keeper found the bottom right hand corner of the net for 2-1.

On 81 minutes Thornley had to punch away a Villa free kick, under pressure. But Mellor were now rampant and might have had more goals.

The Seconds' grip on the Wray Cup ended in a 4-1 defeat away in an ill-tempered match at Moorside Rangers. Craig Fairfield put Mellor 1-0 up. But the home side scored twice before the break and doubled their tally afterwards.

Things might have been different had a Dave Whelan penalty not been chalked off for encroachment. Whelan failed at the second attempt. Andy Kuehl was Mellor's star man.

The Thirds enjoyed probably the best result of the day beating Bedians 3-0 to progress in the Whitehead Cup. Bedians sit one place and four points above Mellor in Division C but could not live with Mellor on the day.

George Telford and Rick Axford (2) did the damage. No Man of the Match was selected in honour of a terrific team effort.

The Fourths lost 3-2 to Stoconians in the league stage of the Hellawell Shield. Mellor need to win their final match to progress. Maciek Sobiegraj scored twice, once from the spot. Phil Brown was Man of the Match.

Frisby latches on to Jono Hunt's pass to steer in the winning goal

Frisby's penalty is saved but Carl Brindley (out of picture) follows up to score.

Paul Swann charges into the Villa area

Chris Coram is denied by the Villa keeper's right foot

 

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PIC 1 Craig Frisby, winner for the Firsts

PIC 2 Gav Thornley, Man of the Match for the Firsts

PIC 3 Twice taken penalty for the Seconds

PIC 4 Andy Kuehl, Man of the Match for the Seconds
PIC 5 Rick Axford, two for the Thirds
PIC 6 Maciek Sobiegraj, two more goals for the Fourths
PIC 7 Phil Brown, Man of the Match for the Fourths