MELLOR FOURTHS 1 STOCS 0
Mellor Fourths earned their first win since November 16 and their first clean sheet since September 28 with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Stocs.
The visitors had no answer to Mellor's power play in which central midfielders Rob Jordan and in particular Jimmy Archer were outstanding.
But Mellor also had to thank keeper Phil Brown for two late saves which protected the precious three points.
The win was the Fourths fifth league success of the season and puts Mellor ninth in Division D.
Mellor started brightly and had a big chance on four minutes, Danny Roberts running clear only to see his shot saved by the keeper.
On 10 minutes Sy Gleave was at full stretch with a tackle to deny Stocs a certain goal.
The men in maroon then fired over from a good position.
On 15 minutes Mellor took the lead with an excellent breakaway goal.
Dunc Bray controlled a long ball well and fed Shane Cliffe who blasted a volley high into the net from 24 yards.
Stocs almost equalised in the next attack when a deep diagonal cross from the right wing was headed down and back across goal at the far post but went wide.
On 27 minutes Danny Roberts bundled his way through two tackles and surged into the area but his shot was saved.
Bray then put Roberts through once more but he choked his shot.
Danny Roberts shoots
Triece Davidson challenges
Phil Brown was called into action on 30 minutes. But his punch lacked distance and in the follow up a Stocs overhead kick was cleared at the expense of a corner.
Brown was the hero on 36 minutes, however, saving a one-on-one after a diagonal left wing cross had put a Stocs forward in on goal.
The keeper parried the ball for a corner and from the flag kick Jimmy Archer had to head a Stocs header off the line.
Centre back Adam Sidebotham then turned up in Stocs area showing neat skill in flicking the ball up three times before shooting into a ruck of defenders.
In the next attack Triece Davidson worked a shooting chance but the keeper saved.
Triece Davidson gets his shot away
Dunc Bray almost scores at the far post
Jimmy Archer was everywhere and he won two consecutive headers to put Danny Roberts clear but the winger's shot was deflected for a corner.
From the flag kick the Stocs keeper flapped at the ball which ran to Sy Gleave whose powerful volley flew too high.
Stocs provided the first threat of the second period, heading wide from a corner.
On 53 minutes Rob Jordan sent over a corner and Triece Davidson fired onto a post.
A minute later, from another corner, Sy Gleave's header hit the top of the bar.
Danny Roberts then sent in a wicked free kick and Dunc Bray at the far post was unlucky to see his shot bundled clear by the keeper.
On 59 minutes Stocs ran clear again but shot wide.
Sie Moores then replaced Archer in midfield but Mellor kept up the momentum.
Roberts then broke away and hit the side netting.
Sie Moores sent in a free kick and another Gleave header was cleared for a corner.
Rob Jordan then headed a Roberts' corner over.
Phil Brown had to get down quickly to smother a powerful long shot.
Then in the next attack he had to make a reaction save after a flick on gave a Stocs forward a shooting chance.
Stocs piled forward in search of an equaliser but Mellor's rearguard, well martialled by Paul Goodwin, held firm for a thoroughly deserved win.
Sy Gleave's header hits the bar
Triece Davidson hits a post
Dunc Bray swivels and shoots
Adam Sidebotham comes up for a corner
Mellor on the attack
A goalmouth scramble at Stocs' end
Danny Roberts shoots
Mellor Firsts beat Chorltonians 2-0 at Wood Lane thanks to a brace from Bruce Clarke. The win puts Mellor up to sixth.
Ashtonians won through in the Rhodes Cup and now play South Manchester on March 29. The winner plays Newton Heath in the quarter final. Mellor await the victor of that match in the semi final.