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Melville to concentrate on the league - 2015-06-28

Melville will concentrate on the northern premier league for the rest of the season after having been knocked out of the Chatham Cup. Melville were beaten 2-1 at home by Tauranga City United.

Melville led through a penalty converted by Marc Evans ater Dan Finlay had been fouled in the 14th minute.

But Tauranga equalised 10 minutes later with a fine individual strike from Colm Kenny.

Flashpoint in the match came when Tauranga were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute. It was an unusual penalty in that the offence occurred within the area but with the ball was out towards the corner flag.

Jerahl Hughes took the spot kick, and Melville keeper Jason Mann saved brilliantly, diving to his left. However young assistant referee Sean Coon flagged that Mann had stepped forward in making the save, claiming he was 1.5m off his line - which Mann said was patently absurd.

Hughes then converted the retake.

"I’ve spent the weekend trying to work out how to dive without taking a positive step forward, but those damn laws of physics aren’t co-operating," Mann said.

"I have no qualms with the fact they called a re-take - it is in the laws. But it’s just disappointing that it’s a rule that is never (otherwise) enforced and they were so deluded around distance."

Melville had a grand chance to equalise in stoppage time when Evans crossed perfectly, but from a couple of metres Finlay's shot went high.

Luke Searle was player of the day for Melville, and Sam Nahna for Tauranga. Melville wish Tauranga good luck in the final 16.

Melville are away to Birkenhead on Saturday.

Meanwhile Melville Feds lost 2-1 away to Waikato Unicol.

Success story of the weekend was Melville Old Boys 8-0 win over Te Aroha Cobras in the Waikato Plate. Stu Timings scored four goals for the first time in his career, so awarded himself player of the day.

Melville U13s suffered their first loss of the season, going down 2-3 at home to Tauranga, but remain a clear second on the table.