It’s the Josh & Jama Show
Josh Davies nutted home a textbook second-half far post header to secure a hard-fought away win for Melville over Mt Albert Ponsonby.
Super Melville have now moved nine points clear at the top of northern league Div 1 after the 2-1 victory over a team which is also in the broad frame for promotion.
The three points was a bonus for Melville, with Fencibles losing to Waitemata and Hibiscus Coast drawing 2-2 with North Shore.
But Melville had to come from a 0-1 half time deficit to secure their eighth successive league win. As is their fashion, Melville dominated possession, but fell behind to a well-taken close-range goal from Nicholas Hindson in the 22nd minute
However Melville’s two leading goalscorers soon came to the rescue.
Midfielder Jama Boss notched his 14th goal of the season when he applied the finest of touches to a delicate right wing cross from Mark Jones to steer the ball into the corner of the net midway through the second half.
Then Josh Davies nabbed his 10th goal of the season with a powerful header from an exquisite left-wing cross from substitute Federico Marquez in the 72nd minute .It was the sort of header the Melville coaches have been waiting for from Davies all season.
Melville also were unlucky not to gain a penalty when Jama Boss was brought down in the box, with the referee unsighted.
Meanwhile Melville Reserves did well to beat Mt Albert 3-2.
Melville are away to Ellerslie in the second round of the Chatham Cup on Monday at 3pm, and away to Oratia on Saturday June 9.
# On Friday night a rehabilitated Sam Wilkinson inspired Melville Nobs to a 4-0 win over Ngaruawahia under lights. Wilkinson’s return to the playing field was so successful, lobbying has now begun to also return the mothballed Michael Mayne to Friday night playing action. A straw poll of club members revealed Mayne is considered a better player than Wilkinson.