CHORLTONIANS 1 MELLOR 3
Mellor Firsts kept their title hopes alive with a workmanlike 3-1 away
win against Chorltonians to complete the double over the men in green
The win also saw Mellor climb above Chorlts and within three points of
leaders AFC Oldham.
Rob White came in at left back for Dan Byrne, with Jack Hilton the lone
striker in a 4-5-1 formation.
Mellor started purposefully but Man of the Match Matt Cotton had to be
alert in the first minute to snuff out a potentially dangerous situation.
On three minutes Dave Whelan, another top performer, almost broke through
but the keeper saved his shot as two defenders bundled him to the floor.
Whelan gets his shot away
Matt Peck looked lively but on six minutes he was scythed down by Chorlts'
left back who was lucky not to see yellow.
Two minutes later Cotton ghosted into the area and managed to get a shot
on the turn onto a Kev Cooney free kick from the right wing but the goalkeeper
was equal to it.
Cotton's shot on the turn
Mellor were now turning the screw and winning all the 50-50s. Whelan
fed Hilton whose shot was blocked.
On 11 minutes Paul Swann was clean through only to be denied by a last
On 15 minutes, in their first real attack, Chorlts scored.
A long throw from the right near the corner flag was flicked on and a
Chorlts forward poked it home at the far post, where right-back Ben Beer
might have been quicker to spot the danger.
The lead lasted just four minutes. After some great work by Kev Cooney
the ball broke to Matt Peck who drilled in a sweet right foot shot from
16 yards into the far corner.
On 20 minutes Chorlts had a sharp chance but fired over.
Two minutes later an error in Chorlts' back line saw Kev Cooney clear
in the inside left channel but his powerful drive flew wide.
Kev Cooney breaks away.....
but fires wide
Ben Beer then came onto a clearance and fired a powerful shot two feet
over from 25 yards.
Peck caused problems inside Chorlts' area on 26 minutes and the ball came
to Hilton six yards out with the goal gaping but he just couldn't find
his balance for a solid strike and the chance went begging.
Cody Wharton then made his first meaningful save on 27 minutes.
Mellor were still controlling the game without causing Chorlts' back four
too many problems.
But on 44 minutes, following a corner, a snap shot by Kev Cooney came
back off the post and Tom Byrne, cool as you like, slotted home from 14
Matt Cotton attacks a corner
Chorlts began the second period as if they meant business.
But the game was effectively over a minute after the re-start when a half
clearance fell to Chris Coram on the edge of the box and he hit a delightful
right footer inside the far right hand post. A rare right foot goal for
Chorlts then mounted a spell of sustained pressure which Mellor's defence
largely coped with fairly comfortably.
Cody Wharton was called upon to punch clear twice and was once bundled
over when trying to catch under his crossbar, triggering a free kick.
Matt Cotton also executed vital headers to clear his lines.
Mellor were a threat on the break and on 55 minutes Kev Cooney broke away,
drew a defender and chipped to Jack Hilton who floated his shot just too
Hilton puts on the pressure
On 65 minutes Ben Wade replaced Paul Swann and Mellor switched to 4-2-4.
Chorlts were winning all the headers in the back division and midfield
and every time Mellor knocked a high ball forward it came straight back.
Cooney seemed to be doing more work in Mellor's defensive third than in
Chorlts' half. But his support of an impressive Rob White was important.
Peck relieved the pressure on 70 minutes with an incisive 45 yard run
but Chorlts' full back got back at him at the vital moment and conceded
a corner as Peck tried to shoot.
Chorlts' number 8, already on a yellow, then might have seen red for legging
up a Mellor midfielder.
On 73 minutes Steve King replaced Cooney.
Two minutes later a cross from the right squirmed under Wharton's body
and alarm bells rang but Mellor cleared the danger.
Wharton redeemed himself four minutes later with a fine save.
Peck then had a chance to score but his shot from the edge of the box
was straight at the home keeper.
Chorlts squandered a sharp chance, shooting wide on 82 minutes.
King then fed Wade whose shot lacked power.
Cooney feeds Hilton whose shot is too high
On 89 minutes Hilton combined with Wade who shot just wide from 18 yards.
The referee then played five minutes of injury time, notable only for
another fine defensive header from Matt Cotton
Mellor were well worth the win.
Hilton climbs for a header
Mellor Seconds lost 1-3 at home to Castleton. Man of the Match Joe Dalby
The Thirds drew 3-3 against Abacus Media after being 3-1 up with three
Rick Axford, Kev Murray and Tom Bright scored.
The Fourths, looking for their first league win, lost 3-4 away at fellow
The home side went 3-0 up. Mike White reduced the arrears before half
On 65 minutes Milton made it 4-1. But Sie Moores and Jon Cosgrove scored
to create a nervy final few minutes for the home side.
Si Meats suffered injury a knee in this game and awaits news of how bad
it is but remains upbeat.
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