WOODFORD 1 MELLOR 3 (STOCKPORT SENIOR CUP)
Mellor Firsts progressed in the Stockport Senior Cup in a classic game of two halves against a team allegedly unbeaten for two years.
After a poor first half performance nothing but a home win seemed likely.
But two Matt Peck penalties changed the shape of the game and Jack Hilton sealed the win with a stunning sucker punch goal late on.
Mellor were again missing key players, including Matt Cotton, Tom Byrne, Dom Randle, Paul Swann and Dave Whelan.
Manager Si Dalby gave a long awaited start to Lee Power in the hole behind Bruce Clarke.
Clarke almost got in after 30 seconds but the Woodford keeper cleared.
Then on five minutes Woodford took the lead with a simple forward pass through Mellor's back line for a striker to lift the ball over a stranded McGregor.
Hilton shoots in the first half
Mellor could not seem to adjust to the bumpy pitch, where their quick passing game needed an extra touch that allowed an opponent time to tackle.
There were too many short passes putting a teammate under pressure.
And Woodford's robust play broke up Mellor's rhythm.
Defenders who like to play the ball out from the back were understandably hesitant on the tricky surface.
On nine minutes Peck got to the byline but his cross went behind.
Man of the Match Adam Barlow then set up Hilton for a shooting chance from 24 yards but it flew wide.
Woodford might have given Mellor a mountain to climb on 13 minutes when Mark Oldham blocked a shot only to see the ball rebound to a striker.
He hit it sweetly enough from seven yards out but Oldham, on the line, blocked it again with his body with McGregor stranded.
Mellor's second best chance came on 17 minutes when the Woodford keeper dived full length to turn a Barlow free kick away for a corner.
Barlow then sent in a volley which the keeper dealt with.
Woodford's tricky left winger was giving Ben Beer plenty to think about and their main striker looked dangerous whenever they moved forward.
On 28 minutes Woodford missed another excellent chance when a diagonal ball found a forward in space with plenty of time but his execution was poor.
Mellor might have levelled on 37 minutes when Lee Power headed down Peck's free kick but Hilton spurned Mellor's best first half chance by firing wide.
Woodford's keeper at full stretch to save from Barlow.
Mellor attack in the first half
Barlow shoots from 22 yards
Mellor's best chance of the first half falls to Hilton but it goes wide
Peck tries his luck
Joe Dalby replaced an injured Lee Power at the break.
Hilton put an overhead kick just over the bar on 48 minutes after good work by Peck.
Then on 50 minutes Bruce Clarke was bundled over inside the box for a penalty.
A Woodford player shouted that their keeper had saved the last four penalties but Peck fired the ball just inside the keeper's left hand post.for 1-1.
The goal seemed to deflate Woodford and Mellor pressed for a second.
On the hour Peck set Clarke away for a one-on-one but the striker got his angles all wrong and he missed the target.
Mellor were beginning to catch Woodford on the break now and another counter saw a two-on-one situation but Clarke just failed to find an unmarked Hilton and the danger passed.
Peck's first penalty....to the keeper's left
On 69 minutes Joe Dalby fed Peck in the area and his goalbound shot was handled on the line by a defender.
It was a definite penalty but it seemed an age for the referee to produce a red card too.
Peck stepped up again and this time sent the keeper the wrong way.
Peck's second penalty....sending the keeper the wrong way
Bruce Clarke gets his angles wrong in a one-on-one
Ten-man Woodford had to attack and gaps appeared at the back.
Barlow then went on a mazy run in the inside left channel beating three defenders and getting to the byline.
Peck produced an air shot to the clever cut back but spun round and fired in a shot which the keeper, at full stretch, palmed against a post and out to safety.
Clarke then fed Peck in a central position inside the area but instead of shooting he tried to dummy the defender who got a toe to the ball and cleared.
Woodford were still enjoying a fair share of possession but Mellor's defence was compact.
The workrate that was missing in the first half was much better in the second period and several times Hilton tracked back to left back to cover for Dan Byrne who had gone forward.
Peck then set up Clarke for another chance to finish off Woodford but again the opportunity was missed.
The winger then got himself sent off for a comment to the referee after being denied a free kick.
It created an incentive for Woodford and extra pressure for Mellor.
But with seven minutes left Barlow slipped in Hilton who rifled the ball low inside the right hand post for 3-1.
The referee played six minutes of injury time and with seconds left a Woodford defender headed wide from five yards from a corner.
Mellor now play Cheadle Town Reserves in the next round.
The Seconds continued their free-scoring run with a 6-1 battering of Hazel Grove at Torkington Park.
Man of the Match Carl Brindley hit three - that's seven in two games for him.
Nick Pearce, Jonny Cooke and Joe Vickers also netted.
Mellor are now a comfortable fifth in Division Two.
The Thirds won 4-3 at home to Bedians.
Tom Bright scored twice and Matt McNulty and Ian Arnfield were also on target.
Jack Kuehl was Mellor's star man.
The Fourths lost 1-2 at home at Wood Lane to Chorlts.
Chris Millward netted and there was a joint Man of the Match: Triece Davidson and Phil Brown.