Melville United's 2015 northern premier league season has ended as it began: with a home loss.
Melville lost 3-2 to very competitive Three Kings side in their final outing after trailing 0-2 early in the piece.
Marc Evans pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 with a brilliant finish on a tight angle after Harrison Nash had potted two headers for the visitors.
Kings went further ahead when Scott Wallace went one on one in the 40th minute, but Luke Searle responded within a minute with a powerful shot which was parried into the net.
Melville had Blair Bates sent off for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute.
The result leaves Melville seven points ahead of three Kings, but awaiting the outcome of that club's appeal from having been stripped of 13 points for playing an ineligible player.
As it stands, Three Kings will be relegated, though if their appeal to the New Zealand Football Disciplinary Committee succeeded, Melville would be relegated - though Melville coach Steve Williams vowed his club would then take the matter to the NZF Appeals Committee, if the football hierarchy itself did not first do so.
"We have a lot of lawyers in our club," he told Three Kings at a convivial aftermatch.
Three Kings assistant coach Graham Pearce told the clubrooms he was not confident about the appeal in the wake of recent events in football administration.
Melville Reserves beat Three Kings 5-4 in a curtainraiser not quite as good as the score suggests.
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Melville Feds beat Matamata Swifts 3-2 away to clinch a very respectable third place in the Federation League. Melville went two up inside 15 minutes and sealed the win with a late header, with Alex Swain and Tristan Collins scoring.
Melville Old Boys won the Waikato C Division with a 4-1 win over Wanderers to complete what they are calling their plastic-wood double. Goalscorer were Julian Ford 92), Joe Waugh and Gary Monaghan.
Meanwhile Melville have also won the Waikato Women's Combined Division Two, finishng three points clear of Hamilton North.
Prizegiving is on October 17 at Skycity Casino.
Melville U19s have a game at Gower Park on Monday September 28 at 6pm.