Firsts and Seconds lose, Thirds and Fourths triumphant

Mellor Firsts lost 5-2 away at Ashtonians. Carl Brindley and Josh Granite scored the goals and Craig Frisby had a penalty saved when the score was 3-2. Paul Swann was Mellor's top performer.

Mellor Seconds played host to Rochdalians but lost 3-2 after taking a 2-0 lead. Mellor played some good football at times but defensive errors cost them badly.

On 11 minutes Jack Parr cleared off the line following a corner. Three minutes later the first of several dangerous free kicks by Dave Whelan gave Mellor a 1-0 lead.

Mellor tried to take the kick short three times but each time the referee claimed it was from the wrong place. Eventually the deep flighted cross was flicked on by George Telford and Lewis Jeffs found the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Telford's hold up play and clever footwork saw Mellor enjoy a lot of possession in the final third. On 21 minutes Mellor went 2-0 up when another Whelan free kick to just outside the six yard box was headed home by Craig Fairfield.

On 36 minutes a Steve King corner from the right was flicked on by Telford at the near post and flashed across the face of the goal, eluding friend and foe.

But a minute later the visitors pulled a goal back with a long punt downfield which the centre forward latched onto to steer the ball past Stu Ridgway.

On 38 minutes a cross was almost headed into his own goal by a Rochdalians' defender, the keeper pulling off an excellent one handed save to turn the ball over.

It was all action now and on 39 minutes Luke Jubb headed the ball against the bar from three yards.

Rochdalians almost equalised on 40 minutes with a header following a free kick that just cleared the bar.

But two minutes later a mis-control at the back for Mellor allowed the centre forward to score his second to make it 2-2.

It was nearly worse on 45minutes with Ridgway saving on the goalline with his face, following a corner.

After the break Mellor continued to put neat passing moves together many generated by Whelan but lacked a cutting edge.

Whelan fired a free kick wide from 22 yards on 52 minutes. On 63 minutes Steve Smith replaced Andy Kuehl, with Jeffs going to right back to counter Rochdalians' pacy flank player.

The move, however, also restricted Jeffs who had carried an attacking threat down Mellor's right. On 70 minutes a Luke Jubb cross threatened to find the net but the keeper finger-tipped the ball over.

A minute later Jubb had the ball in the net but was ruled offside.

On 80 minutes a deep cross found Jubb eight years out but his powerful header hit the ground first and enabled the keeper to save comfortably.

Thierry Somao replaced Jubb on 83 minutes but two minutes later Rochdalians won the match with a free kick from 22 yards which went straight through a disintegrating wall and found the right side of the Mellor net.

On 87 minutes Craig Fairfield hit the side netting with a close range shot from yet another Whelan free kick.

In a frantic finale Jeffs was accidentally kicked in the face and ended the game with a bloody nose.

And despite a last minute scramble in the visitors' area with even keeper Ridgway involved it was not enough.

The Thirds had a comfortable 4-1 home victory over Aldermere. Ian Arnfield (2), Matt McNulty and Rick Axford did the damage.

The Fourths go fifth in Division D after a 1-0 away win at AFC Oldham.

It was 0-0 at half time but manager Jamie Philp ordered all his players at the break to remove any under shirts they had on.

The incentive to run about more to keep warm obviously worked because Maciek Sobiegraj duly scored the winner in the second half, his 20th goal of the season. Jack Needham was Mellor's man of the Match.


Lewis Jeffs gives Mellor the lead


Craig Fairfield heads Mellor 2-0 up

Last minute drama and keeper Stu Ridgway is up...but Mellor could not equalise





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PIC 1 Carl Brindley, on target for the Firsts

PIC 2 Lewis Jeffs, netted for the Seconds
PIC 3 Ian Arnfield, a brace for the Thirds
PIC 4 Jack Needham, Man of the Match for the Fourths