TINTWISTLE RESERVES 9 MELLOR FOURTHS 1
Mellor Fourths were delighted when their game was switched to the 3G pitch at Tintwistle to beat the rain.
But they did not adapt well to the artificial surface and lost 9-1.
Tintwistle's Division D side, we must remember, are a Second Team. They have lost only two of nine this season.
In their previous match on the plastic they beat Spurley Hey Thirds, no mean outfit themselves, 7-2. And for 54 minutes it was only 3-1.
But Mellor's players and management will have learned valuable lessons, not least that you have to pass the ball to feet on 3G, get closer to opponents when defending and mark up at corners.
Mellor started brightly enough and Mellor's man of the Match Jon Cosgrove shot wide after four minutes following a bad kick out from the home keeper.
Phil Brown then made a terrific one handed save sending the ball for a corner.
On 10 minutes Mellor put in a dangerous cross that flew across the six yard box.
Then on 12 minutes a disastrous mix up between Tintwistle's keeper and centre back saw the ball drop to James Robinshaw who side footed home from three yards for 1-0.
On 14 minutes Paul Telfer muffed a clearance and Sean Standen, trying to tidy up, sliced the ball for a corner.
The flag kick was headed clear and Tintwistle's follow-up shot was wide.
Tintwistle had the knack of running at pace at Mellor's defence and the visitors' defenders seemed unable to get in a positive tackle.
On 16 minutes such a run sent a home forward past three Mellor players but his shot was wide.
On 20 minutes Mellor sent a corner across the area, eluding friend and foe.
The home side had another dangerous run on 22 minutes which ended with a wild shot.
On 23 minutes Mellor conceded a cheap corner and from the flag kick Tintwistle headed a simple equalizer. Defending set plays has been a Mellor Fourth team weakness for a while and they would be undone again later in this game.
Robinshaw put a sharp chance wide on 24 minutes. But a minute later Mike White made an excellent tackle then lost the ball which allowed the home side to work a shooting chance on the right and score for 2-1.
Jon Cosgrove headed a Paul Telfer free kick just wide on 35 minutes. Then two minutes later he put another header just a foot over from Rob Jordan's teasing corner.
Tintwistle fired another awkward cross through Mellor's six yard box on 38 minutes.
Six minutes later the home side played a clever one-two and the forward was in for a low drive into the bottom corner for 3-1.
Danny Roberts fired over on 45 minutes and in injury time he put a free kick 22 yards out in a central position straight into the keeper's arms.
Adam Sidebotham replaced Sie Moores at half time, going to centre back and releasing Paul Telfer to midfield.
On reflection it might have been better to move Kye Davidson further forward as Mellor's defence was soon to unravel without Telfer's stewardship.
Mellor headed wide from a Telfer free kick on 48 minutes. Then Tintwistle missed a simple headed chance.
On 51 minutes Phil Brown allowed a routine shot to slip between his legs and roll towards to goal but managed to recover and flap the ball away from the line after a full length dive.
On 52 minutes Steve Jackson replaced Danny Roberts.
Tintwistle made it 4-1 on 55 minutes and the floodgates were soon to open.
Kye Davidson produced a good defensive header but the home side were fashioning chances almost at will, mainly through neat passing and quick runs off the ball.
Having missed twice in as many minutes they made it 5-1 on 62 minutes after a right wing cross.
Paul Telfer then went back to centre back, and Davidson moved into midfield.
Phil Brown made a great save with his feet on 68 minutes. But a minute later the usually reliable Sidebotham miskicked a clearance and the forward ran on to make it 6-1.
Mike Priest came on for Sean Standen on 71 minutes.
Brown made another terrific save with his feet on 73 minutes. But Tintwistle scored again with a header from a corner on 74 minutes.
Brown then denied the men in red in a one-on-one. But Tintwistle added yet another headed goal from a corner kick for 8-1 and scored again soon afterwards.
Pictures from the game follow. The better ones are from Mark Jordan of Marple Bridge Photography.
The Firsts went to Hooley Bridge and came away with a vital 2-1 win to stay in the title hunt.
Dave Whelan converted a late penalty when it was 1-1. Ben Wade scored Mellor's first and Tom Byrne was Man of the Match.
Sub Adam Barlow also made a telling contribution.
The Seconds were rained off.
The Thirds went to Milton, one place above them in the league, and won 2-1, thanks to a brace from Kev Murray.
Lewis Jeffs was Mellor's star man.
There will be no match reports next week as I am working away. Apologies.
Mellor defend a corner
Jon Cosgrove and Sie Moores battle for the ball
Danny Roberts gets his shot away
Mellor defend a corner
An anxious moment in Mellor's defence