Monday, 26 December 2011

Boxing Day Match

Mellor FC Over 25s and Under 25s served up a Yule Tide cracker at Wood Lane, with the Oldies winning 5-3 after trailing 3-0 at the break.

The Over 25s thought they were in for a stuffing after Sam Parker, Matt Mills and Dave Whelan all found the net without reply.

But they pulled the chestnuts out of the fire to win with strikes from Danny Hayes, Carl Brindley, Steve Baguley and Ryan Yates (2).

Someone facing a firing squad might - as a final wish - have chosen these sides to provide the marksmen.

But in the end the crowd of seven was fully entertained.

Over 25s

Under 25s

Dunc Bray provided the turkey on five minutes with a miss from four yards. It was a reverse Cinderella. He missed the ball.

Dunc Bray misses the ball

Mellor Under 25s began to dominate. Sam Parker latched onto a through ball as his marker Chris Boydell crashed to the ground like a Norwegian pine en route to Trafalgar Square. But the striker fired wide.

On 10 minutes Over 25s centre back Craig Fairfield was as generous as a tipsy Santa, passing the ball square to Parker who this time made no mistake, leaving keeper Phil Welsh as static as a snowman.

On 15 minutes Carl Brindley tried to capitalise on a mistake in the Under 25s back line but shot wide.

Five minutes later Parker volleyed straight at Welsh after good work by Jonny Cooke and James Robinshaw.

On 25 minutes Welsh made the first of a string of excellent saves, turning the ball for a corner.

From the corner Mike White eventually crossed dangerously but Jimmy Archer couldn't climb high enough.

On 32 minutes a one-two between Ryan Yates and Kev Murray sent Murray clear but his shot was so high it might have sent ET home quicker.

Two minutes later Mark Oldham galloped down the left and crossed but Craig Fairfield's header lacked sufficient power.

Craig Fairfield gets no power in his header

On 37 minutes Jonny Cooke fired over from 18 yards when well placed. Three minutes later Archer also spurned a good chance inside the six yard box.

Mike Palmer lets fly

On 42 minutes Cooke danced through two tackles and shot. Welsh parried his drive but the ball ran to Mills for a tap in.

A minute later Mike Palmer blazed over from 12 yards after good work from Chris Porter.

Welsh was called into action again on 44 minutes to make another fine save but a minute later Chris Porter's handball was rightly punished by a spot kick and Whelan smashed the ball down the middle for 3-0.

Whelan's pen

A piece of tactical genius by Over 25s captain Ryan Yates immediately after the break turned the match around. Ryan sneaked two extra players onto the field. Capello please note.

But the Under 25s almost went further ahead on 48 minutes, Tom Fletcher firing over from five yards after Jonny Cooke created the chance.

Matt Lloyd then produced the first of a series of top saves, denying Kev Murray from point blank range only for the man from Inkbox to blot his copybook by firing the rebound over.

On 57 minutes the Oldies got one back, Ryan Yates firing in a shot which cannoned off Danny Hayes and into the net.

Matt Mills tried to out fox Chris Boydell

Four minutes later Steve Baguley set up Carl Brindley who made it 2-3.

The Under 25s then spotted that the reason it looked as if the Oldies had 13 men on the pitch was that they did.

Parker's team then brought on two subs and it was 13-a-side.

To no avail. On 67 minutes Barlow crossed and Baguley bagged. 3-3.

Lloyd denied Yates again with a brilliant save on 72 minutes and Craig Fairfield put the loose ball wide when it looked easier to score.

Dunc Bray missed another chance on 80 minutes from Yates' pass. Then on 84 minutes Palmer was upended in the box and Yates slotted the penalty for 4-3.

Si Moores squandered a chance to equalise but on 87 minutes Barlow put Yates clear and he sealed a marvellous comeback to make it 5-3.

The applause at the end sounded like Captain Hook inside an air tight box.

Happy New Year everyone.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Josh Wilson

George Dearsley

Adam Axford got: A furry ice scraper mitt and a little Ducky LED keyring that quacks!

Pat Boyle: didn't he do well?

Footy boots for Tom Fletcher

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Firsts trounce Oldham

Only one game because of bad weather. But the Firsts hammered AFC Oldham 4-0 on Curzon Ashton's plastic pitch to cement second spot in the Premiership.

Craig Frisby's header from corner set Mellor on the way. Matt Jamieson then fired into the bottom corner for the second.

Man of the Match Craig Frisby then notched a second header for number three before Danny Leibrick made it 4-0.

Manager Si Dalby said: "It was a good defensive display, based on hard work and getting men behind ball. We took our chances well. They were a good side but we were better organised and more effective. A good all round team performance."

Pictures courtesy of Alan Simmons.

Jamo fires in the second

Frizzer (out of picture) heads number three

Danny Leibrick is blocked off

Craig Frisby challenges for a header

Jonny Cooke gives Oldham's defence an anxious moment

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Thirds Six Points Clear

Bad weather saw the postponement of all but the Third Team's away clash with local rivals Govan on the well drained University Grounds.

The Thirds claimed all three points with a comfortable 3-0 win, all the goals coming in the first period.

But for Govan's keeper Mellor's win might have been more emphatic.

The win puts Adam Axford's and Gary Brown's side six points clear in Division C.

Mellor started at a gallop and Govan were under pressure from the kick off.

Sam Parker's shot is saved

After two minutes Sam Parker broke clear but his shot was brilliantly turned away for a corner.

Five minutes later Dave Whelan fed Parker who went on a powerful run on the right before finding James Robinshaw who drove low through a ruck of defenders into the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Robinshaw scores number one

On 10 minutes Robinshaw scored his second, firing in a direct free kick, dummied by Parker on the way into the far left hand corner of the net.

Robinshaw's free kick makes it 2-0

Mellor almost went 3-0 up a minute later, Dave Whelan denied by a great save from nine yards out.

Govan scarcely carried a threat. When they got forward their attacks were snuffed out with Baguley and Boyle dominant at the back and Man of the Match Cosgrove breaking up the play in midfield.

Debutant Mellor keeper Luke Smith had little to do but when called upon he was reassuringly efficient.

Whelan was denied again by a terrific save on 20 minutes and 10 minutes later Robinshaw curled a great shot just a foot wide from 20 yards.

On 36 minutes Parker effectively sealed the win, breaking clear of three defenders and driving low into the same corner Robinshaw had found earlier.

Biff! Parker makes it 3-0

Mellor started the second half in similar style. Defender Pat Boyle almost added to the scoreline after 46 minutes, side footing a sharp chance wide after a Parker corner.

Pat Boyle fires wide

Three minutes later Dave Whelan had another shot saved. Mellor's attacks were resembling the assaults on Rorke's Drift in the film Zulu.

Parker had a shot deflected for a corner. Then on 55 minutes Daniel Davies' lung busting run down the right ended in a last ditch tackle that conceded another flag kick.

On 56 minutes Ian Arnfield replaced Parker who suffered a knock to his hip.

On 60 minutes Simon Moores replaced Robinshaw.

Whelan missed a good chance on 65 minutes.

Four minutes later Gary Brown came on for Archer.

This final substitution released defender Baguley who began to create extra problems in the Govan back line.

On 80 minutes Whelan created a marvellous chance for Davies, seven yards out, but the full back scooped his effort over the bar.

On 88 minutes came one of the best moves of the match, Cosgrove bursting forward to gather the ball and play it first time 35 yards to the left wing where Baguley advanced and forced another wonderful save from Govan's keeper.

Luke Smith

Simon Moores

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Firsts Held, Seconds and Thirds win

Mellor Firsts were held 3-3 at home by Hazel Grove.

It was a disappointing result after Mellor defeated their local rivals 7-0 away.

Mellor had Matt Jamieson dismissed in the second half.

Craig Frisby, Matt Jamieson and Matt Cotton were Mellor's scorers.

Steve Smith was Man of the Match.

Mellor Seconds won 5-3 away at Rochdalians.

Mark Oldham (2), Ryan Yates, Luke Jubb and Carl Brindley were on target.

Tim Parker was Man of the Match.

The Thirds top the Division C table after a 5-3 win at home to title challenges Bury Amateur FC Reserves.

Sam Parker (2), Sam Healey, Pat Boyle and Rick Axford scored.

Sam Parker and Steve Baguley were jointly Man of the Match.

The Fourths went down 0-4 to Ashtonians away but it was an unfair reflection on the play.

Mellor lost keeper Phil Brown after 35 minutes to injury and missed a string of chances.

Clive Szmit was Man of the Match.