MELLOR 4 CHEADLE HULME VILLA 1

 

Mellor Firsts humbled table topping Cheadle Hulme Villa at Wood Lane and might easily have doubled their margin of victory.

A spirited performance exacted full revenge for an unlucky 2-1 reverse away against Villa on April 22 and inflicted only Villa's fifth defeat in the league.

Mellor's back four excelled.

And Dave Whelan in the hole, Dom Randle and Adam Barlow in midfield and Bruce Clarke up top created a string of chances.

Mellor's passing was swift and accurate and the decision making, especially in the first period was incisive.

Two wins in their final two games would have seen Villa crowned champions. Now it is not in their own hands and Whalley Range could still snatch the title.

After a cagey opening Mellor took the lead on 16 minutes with a Dave Whelan header from seven yards to a Mark Oldham corner.

Five minutes later Mellor were 2-0 up, Oldham releasing Bruce Clarke, who cleverly drew the keeper and slipped the ball to his right where Man of the Match Dan Byrne completed a 90 yard run with a tap in.

Jamie McGregor made an important one on one save on 22 minutes to deny Villa.

Then on 35 minutes Mellor were in dreamland when Bruce Clarke chipped Villa's keeper for 3-0.

On 42 minutes Dave Whelan fed Clarke again but his shot flew just wide as a defender tackled him.

Mellor almost made it four on 44 minutes when Oldham won the ball on the left and crossed for Clarke to hit the outside of the post.

The second half started with Mellor missing three golden chances.

First Jack Hilton fired wide on 46 minutes.

Then Clarke was clear in a one on one but missed.

Finally Hilton outpaced the Villa back line and slid the ball wide.

Mellor were finding joy and space down both flanks.

On 62 minutes Hilton ran clear again but once more his shot lacked power and was turned behind for a corner by Villa's keeper.

Whelan then broke through and cut the ball back for Clarke whose tap in was wrongly ruled out for offside.

Mellor's catalogue of misses might have come back to haunt them, especially after Villa pulled a goal back on 74 minutes.

The away side went to three at the back and tried to pressure Mellor's defence.

But apart from conceding a couple of careless fouls in potentially dangerous positions Mellor's rearguard held firm.

And on the break Mellor set up further excellent chances.

On 75 minutes substitute Matt Peck replaced Hilton.

Dom Randle missed a good chance on 83 minutes and then four minutes later Peck blazed over when a steadying touch and shot were needed.

On 89 minutes Luke Jubb replaced Oldham and Joe Dalby came on for Bruce Clarke.

There were six minutes of injury time.

On 92 minutes Dan Byrne found Randle who shot over.

But a minute later Peck put the result to bed firing low into the corner from 15 yards.

The Seconds went to Division 2 champions Castleton, without manager Alex Wharton whose car broke down on the motorway.

The side lost 5-3, Will Parry netting a hat trick against a side beaten only twice all season.

The Thirds ended their Division B campaign with a 2-2 draw away at Chorltonians, Man of the Match James Rayner netting twice. The side ended in equal fifth position.

Barlow misses but Whelan's header find the Villa net

The aftermath of Whelan's header

Bruce Clarke cuts the ball back....

and Dan Byrne scores

Clarke hits the post

Mellor on the attack in the second half

Matt Cotton powers a header just wide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Clarke...scored with a clever chip
Man of the Match Dan Byrne ran 90 yards to score

Dave Whelan scored with a header

 

Man of the Match James Rayner....two for the Thirds