Saturday, 12 November 2011

Three points from 12


Mellor Firsts climbed to fourth in the Premiership after a 3-2 home win against Hooley Bridge. Mellor dominated the first half in which the visitors had a man sent off and led 3-0 at the break.

Hooley Bridge also had to change their keeper in the second period but rallied well to bring the game back to 3-2 and only a last minute save by Cody Wharton prevented the loss of two points. Dave Whelan scored twice for Mellor and Matt Jamieson scored the other.

Cody Wharton

The Seconds, bottom of Division 2, travelled to Hollingworth Old Boys who now top the table. But the home side were in for a surprise as Mellor had the better of the early exchanges.

In the first minute Tom Bright slipped in Ian Arnfield whose shot was saved with difficulty.

Two minutes later Matt McNulty went on a 50 yard run up the middle of the pitch and curled an excellent shot from 22 yards which missed the top corner by two feet.

On four minutes Marcus McNulty sent a free kick just over the bar.

Hollingworth then forced two corners which Scott Cassidy dealt with at the near post.

But on 22 minutes Hollingworth went ahead when a long diagonal ball found a forward who volleyed home off the crossbar.

The goal seemed to affect Mellor's confidence. Some good defensive play was undone by poor passing from the back.

Mellor then conceded a free kick in a dangerous spot but the wall did its job.

On 30 minutes Ian Arnfield could not rise high enough to direct a telling cross towards goal.

Five minutes later a mistake at the back put a Hollingworth forward in but Tom Fletcher pulled off a great save.

The game seemed to turn on its head in a bizarre two minutes after the break. On 46 minutes the Hollingworth goalkeeper sliced a clearance into his own goal.

And a minute later a crass back pass sent Tom Bright away and he coolly slotted  home to give Mellor an unlikely 2-1 lead

Tom Bright wheels away after scoring

But another poor clearance on 54 minutes set up a Hollingworth equaliser.

Josh Wilson then replaced Ian Arnfield and on 57 minutes Hollingworth missed a great chance to take the lead with a close range header which flashed wide.

Josh Wilson

Rob Jordan then replaced Marcus McNulty on 60 minutes.

On 65 minutes another poor ball out of defence was intercepted. Hollingworth switched the play to the ring winger and the ensuing cross was headed in at the far post.

Tim Parker clears

On 75 minutes Rob Jordan made a good run down the left and his dangerous cross was cleared after causing some consternation.

James Humphries then replaced Andy Kuehl. The switch pushed more Mellor men forward and for a while the home side looked edgy.

On 79 minutes Tom Fletcher made another great save but seven minutes later Hollingworth put the game to bed with a whipped free kick from 23 yards which went over the wall and found the far corner.

Matt McNulty might have pulled one back three minutes into injury time but missed the target when well placed eight yards out.

Tom Fletcher and Tom Bright were named as joint Man of the Match.

The Thirds lost 4-2 away against Bury Amateur AFC Reserves. Man of the Man Sam Parker scored twice.

The Fourths lost 1-0 at home to Milton Thirds. Sam Jamieson was Man of the Match.

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