TWO WINS, TWO DEFEATS
A mixed bag for Mellor FC's teams this weekend. The Firsts went to beleaguered Spurley Hey and won 5-1. Jack Hilton scored two and Dave Whelan, Adam Barlow and Man of the Match Dom Randle chipped in with one apiece.
The Seconds took on high flying Signol Firsts at Wood Lane and for the second week running lost by the odd goal when they might have secured at least a point.
Mellor began poorly and the visitors, on the back of a 6-1 win, raced into a 2-0 lead in nine minutes.
First a long ball over the top caught Mellor's back line unprepared and a forward ran on to chip Andy McFall.
Then a moment of uncertainty at the back allowed a forward to get in a close range shot for number two.
Mellor then steadied the ship and worked their way back into the match.
On 19 minutes good work by Jonny Cooke and Will Parry set up Luke Jubb who should have netted but missed the target.
McFall came to the rescue with a terrific one-on-one save after 30 minutes.
But Mellor were beginning to dominate. On 32 minutes Jack Parr drove straight at the keeper from eight yards when a lob was called for.
Signol's keeper then denied Jubb with a good save on 40 minutes and three minutes later Will Parry lobbed wide from a good position.
Parry made amends by setting up Andy Kuehl for a sweet strike to make it 2-1, seconds before the half time whistle.
Rob White replaced James Adamson at left back at the break.
A minute after the re-start clever work by Jubb created an opening for Parr but his snap shot was blocked.
On 54 minutes James Hanson replaced Mike Barlow, with Kuehl going to right back.
Parry then fed Hanson whose shot was saved.
On 60 minutes, against the run of play, Signol scored a third.
Five minutes later Parry was through again but as he shot a defender's last ditch tackle diverted the ball for a corner.
On 68 minutes Joe Dalby curled a wonderful 24 yard free kick into the top right hand corner after a foul on Jubb for 3-2.
Carl Brindley then replaced Kuehl, with Parr going to right back, the third right back of the game for Mellor.
Mellor pressed but could not find an equaliser.
Joe Vickers was excellent at centre back and Joe Dalby inventive and combative in midfield.
Luke Jubb again put on a show of clever link play and there were other good performances, notably from Cooke and Parry.
On chances alone, Mellor could easily have won this game.
The Thirds played their first home match on their new plastic pitch and beat Burnage Metro 5-0. Mo Roberts and Ian Arnfield each scored two. Lee Power scored the other. Matt McNulty, in new boots, was Man of the Match. He scored a goal, rubbed out by the referee's final whistle as the ball crossed the line.
Matt's new boots
Mellor Thirds 2013-14.
Photos courtesy of Marple Bridge Photography (Mark Jordan)
The Fourths went to Staly Lions in Dukinfield and lost 1-2.
Man of the Match Dunc Bray scored with a penalty.