Hitman Evans bags new goalscoring record

Marc “Hitman” Evans set a new Melville first team seasonal goalscoring record in netting twice in the Unicorns 5-0 away win over Tauranga City United.

Evans scored a goal either side of halftime to take his tally to 36 goals already this season – with four games left to play – while skipper Aaron Scott scored two tidy goals in the second spell, and Steven Holloway added the other in the top corner.

The win keeps Melville firmly in the promotion hunt, ahead of a home game against Oratia on Saturday. All the other promotion contenders won on Saturday effectively leaving the top of the table unchanged.

Evans said he felt humble to have bettered Cossey’s 1995 haul, and in the process, take his Melville goal tally to a stunning 63 from 59 games since joining the club in 2015.

“The older club members have often told me about what a superb goalscorer Cossey was for Melville and Waikato United back in the day,” Evans said.

Marc has now gone past Mark’s mark…

“It is an honour just to be compared to Cossey, let alone go past him. I would love to catch up with Marc and compare notes.”

Evans said there was no secret recipe to his goalscoring.

“I’ve generally had very good service this year, and when you score it boosts your confidence, to the extent that now every time I go onto the pitch with Melville I think I am going to score.”

Evans who sports a couple of Melville tattoos, said he just enjoyed playing for the club, which he now considers more home than his native Wales.

“I just enjoy playing for Melville. The day they drop me from the first team, is the day you’ll find me playing for the Old Boys, the New Old Boys, D team, anyone.”

Evans felt typically awkward in talking about his personal success.

“It’s not all about me – it’s about the club. The important thing is we got another solid win, after a bit of a scratchy start.

“I’m sure Cossey would agree, in the final analysis it doesn’t matter who scores the goals – unless of course you happen to have a side wager going with your landlord.”

Evans said he was not usually one for celebrating.

“But if the Gaffers are okay about it, I may mark the occasion with a very small vodka shandy at the Great Melville Quiz on Monday (7pm, at the TDO, Dinsdale).”

Evans scored his first goal from a free kick just outside the box and made it 2-0 after half time, when Liam Hayes played him a square ball.

Midfielder Scott chimed in with his brace, grabbing his second in the 89th minute.

Inbetween those veteran Holloway – not yet 37 – finished a great team move in the 85th minute.

Co-coach Sam Wilkinson said it was a scrappy first half.

“But we battered them in the second spell.”

Meanwhile Melville Reserves won 6-0 to maintain their title charge.

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