Firsts and Fourths beaten but wins for Seconds and Thirds

 

Mellor Firsts went to Old Trafford and were beaten 4-0, partial revenge for the 6-0 thrashing Mellor inflicted on Old Trafford earlier in the season. Adam Barlow was Man of the Match.

The Seconds hosted Hollingworth Old Boys Firsts at Wood Lane and took all three points with an impressive 2-0 win.

Late arrivals meant manager Alex Wharton had to play himself for 60 minutes at right back but contributed to a tight defence in which colleagues Dave Wilkinson, Craig Fairfield and Dan Byrne were at the top of their game.

In midfield Jack Parr and Steve Smith too produced high energy displays.

Mellor suffered an early blow when winger Steve King hobbled off with a knee injury.

Mellor might have gone into the break with a comfortable lead had Chris Porter converted two chances and the Hollingworth keeper not saved a point blank Fairfield header with his outstretched foot.

Rob Jordan after the interval might have done better when clean through.

Fairfield broke the deadlock in the second half, firing in after a free kick found him in space.

Substitute Thierry Somao added a second, cleverly predicting that the bounce would beat a defender and slipping the ball home from six yards. Late on Matt Lloyd saved a penalty, standing up to parry away the fierce drive down the middle of the area.

The Seconds (with four to play) are now up to third in Division 2 with a game in hand on Tintwistle, who are five points ahead.

The Thirds are also third in Division C after a 6-2 away win against bottom club Milton. Man of the Match Ian Arnfield put Mellor 2-0 up and Milton saw their keeper sent off.

However, the home side scored twice to level before Steve Baguley added a brace of his own to put Mellor 4-2 clear.

Late goals from Sam Parker and Arnfield made it comfortable.

The Fourths lost 1-4 away to Staly Lions Seconds. Maciek Sobiegraj scored.

The Mellor 100 club winners for March were Pete Jamieson (80) and George Dearsley (40).

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PIC 1 Adam Barlow Man of the Match for the Firsts

PIC 2 Jack Parr, Man of the Match for the Seconds
PIC 3 Ian Arnfield....three goals for the Thirds
PIC 4 Steve Baguley...two goals for the Thirds
PIC 5 Maciek Sobiegraj....on target again for the Fourths