MELLOR SECONDS 2 WHALLEY RANGE 7
Mellor Seconds were given a harsh lesson in finishing by Whalley Range, whose star man scored five of the seven.
The home side fielded a strong side with Craig Frisby in centre midfield with Jerome Rouse, Rob White at right back, Jack Parr at right midfield and Luke Jubb and Carl Brindley up front.
But Mellor were to be hobbled by early injuries to Rouse who lasted only four minutes and Parr, crocked after 20 minutes.
Range took the lead after three minutes, the goal quickly followed by Dave Whelan having to replace Rouse.
Mellor were level after five minutes, thanks to a Steve King right wing corner that flew straight into the visitors' net.
King's corner finds the net
But on 11 minutes Range regained the lead, Craig Fairfield's defensive header going sideways to Range's danger man who duly cut inside and punished the miscue.
Tom Fletcher in Mellor's goal then made an excellent plunging save to his right to turn a fierce drive for a corner.
Mellor were unable to match Range's physical presence and consequently the visitors enjoyed the majority of possession.
On 16 minutes Parr found Brindley whose shot lacked sufficient power to trouble Range's keeper.
Four minutes later Parr was hurt in a collision with the keeper while chasing a 50-50 ball.
While he waited to see if he could carry on Tim Parker made an error which let in Range for a third.
Andy Given then replaced Parr.
Range missed a good chance on 28 minutes, Tom Fletcher a little slow to see the danger and come out. But the forward lifted the ball over.
Given then fed Brindley at the other end but the striker's shot was too high.
On 31 minutes Mellor fell 1-4 behind, a forward running through the middle to score unchallenged.
Seven minutes later Given pulled the ball back from the byline to Bindley six yards out but a defender bundled the cross clear.
Given then found Jubb who tried to chip the keeper but was two feet too high.
Just before the break Range went 1-5 up and added a sixth on 50 minutes.
Given set up Brindley for another shot on 50 minutes but the effort flew wide.
On 65 minutes Alex Young replaced King.
Mellor began to keep the ball better without fashioning particularly good openings.
On 87 minutes Range made it 1-7. But a minute before the end Brindley ran through to score a consolation second for Mellor.
Jubb tussles for the ball
Given in full flight
King shoots from a free kick
Tom Dunning jockies his man
Craig Fairfield and Craig Frisby in a midfield tango
Tim Parker clears his lines
Mellor on the defensive
Parker and Fairfield double up on Range's star man
The games featuring Mellor Firsts and Fourths were rained off.
Mellor Thirds travelled to Burnage and came away with three points after a 3-1 win.
Marcus McNulty, Stave Baguley and Ian Arnfield netted and Jimmy Archer was Man of the Match.
Below are some excellent photographs by Mark Jordan of Marple Bridge Photography.
Tom Bright shields the ball
Matt McNulty shoots
Tom Bright tussles for the ball
Big Kev Murray on the charge
Tom Bright brings the ball down
Tom Bright is tackled
Kev Murray shoots