HAZEL GROVE 1 MELLOR 3
Mellor recorded their ninth win in 18 league games with a comfortable display against relegation threatened neighbours Hazel Grove.
On a sticky and uneven surface Mellor knew they would have to match Grove physically to prosper.
The home side had three useful attacking players who posed a constant threat.
But Mellor's back line is developing into a redoubtable barrier. And with Kev Cooney a safe pair of hands the defence looks solid.
Dom Randle in the hole and Chris Coram and Adam Barlow in central midfield worked tirelessly to link the play.
On a better surface Mellor would surely have added to their goal tally.
Early on both sides has difficulty coming to terms with the pitch.
The first sight of goal came after two minutes when Man of the Match Matt Cotton got his head to a Matt Jamieson corner but sent a powerful header harmlessly wide.
On 10 minutes Ben Beer's quick thinking cleared the danger as a Grove forward prepared to pull the trigger.
Cooney then spread himself to make a good save in a one-on-one, smothering a forward's advance.
On 17 minutes Randle broke clear only to see his shot well saved by Grove's keeper.
Three minutes later Beer broke down the right and put in a dangerous cross that was cleared for a corner.
The breakthrough came on 23 minutes as Jack Hilton powered into the box only to be upended by the home keeper.
Jamieson despatched the penalty inside the keeper's right hand post as he dived to the left.
Jamo scores from he spot
Hilton danced out of a tackle on the edge of the box on 25 minutes but his shot flew over.
Matt Peck was causing Grove's left back all sorts of problems and on 29 minutes he got to the byline and cut the ball back for Randle whose drive was deflected for a corner.
On 40 minutes a hard cross into Mellor's six yard box could have proved costly but the Grove player's attempted volley sent the wall well wide.
Mellor began the second half purposefully and on 46 minutes Hilton's curling shot was tipped round the post at full stretch by Grove's keeper.
In the next attack Matt Cotton forced a corner.
Grove's keeper denies Dom Randle with a great save
Matt Cotton and Jack Hilton put pressure on Grove's defence
On 50 minutes Hilton made a lung busting 45 yard run on the left, reached the byline and cut the ball back but Peck's effort was high.
Grove were now under siege and on 52 minutes the home side's keeper had to make a double save from Jamieson, whose second shot cannoned off the keeper's body for a corner.
A minute later Dom Randle scrambled in a second goal from Jamieson's corner.
Mark Oldham replaced Barlow and moved to the right with Peck moving inside.
But on 56 minutes Grove pulled a goal back after a clever one-two on Mellor's right flank.
Mellor attack a corner
Dom Randle finds the net for 2-1
Dom Randle's lovely chip makes it 3-1
Ben Beer is blocked off for a free kick
Mellor continued to attack and on 70 minutes Randle put the game to bed with a delightful chip for 3-1.
Ben Beer galloped forward on 71 minutes but his cross was cut out by the keeper.
Grove might have pulled another one back on 74 minutes after a cross from the right but the chance was spurned.
Rob White replaced Peck and almost scored after only two minutes on the pitch, heading a Jamieson corner just over.
On 83 minutes Cooney held onto to a long range effort from a Grove forward, who got the shot away despite good closing down from Rob White.
Jamieson might have added to his tally in the last minute but shot high from Hilton's assist.
Rob White goes close with a header.
The Seconds won 3-1 at Old Trafford (although it was Mellor's home game and switched because of a waterlogged Wood Lane).
Man of the Match Luke Jubb hit two and Alex Young the other.
The Thirds drew 2-2 at Brabyns against Bedians. James Hanson scored his first senior Mellor goal and Marcus McNulty hit a worldie.
The Fourths recorded their second win of the campaign in a cup tie against Staly Lions away.
Dunc Bray scored twice, once from the spot. Rob Jordan and Kyle Davidson also scored.
Mellor are now in the quarter finals.