Melville clear away at the top

Melville have moved 11 points clear at the top of the northern league first division after a 2-0 away win over struggling Oratia.

SEE also Grigor Griffin’s match blog HERE

And Jama Boss has taken his golden boot tally to 15 goals from 10 games with a clever second half solo goal worked from inside the penalty area.

With Waiheke United losing to North Shore, Melville’s margin of comfort at the top of the league moved to double figures.

Jordan Lamb netted his seventh goal of the campaign, finishing a fine Melville move 20 minutes later. Lamb has now scored seven goals this season and is fifth on the league’s golden boot standings. (Melville’s suspended targetman Josh Davies is second-equal with 10.)

Melville dominated possession but took a long time to break down a determined Oratia defence.

Substitute Federico Marquez played a big part in directing Melville’s play from midfield in the second half.

Meanwhile Melville have been drawn at home to Hibiscus Coast in the third round of the Chatham Cup on Saturday June 23 at 2pm.

Melville have fielded interesting starting lineups in their cup matches to date this year, choosing to rest a lot of top players, but co-coach Sam Wilkinson rubbished suggestions that meant Melville weren’t taking the cup seriously.

“We always put out a team we feel can do the job on the day, taking into account player work-load, injuries and personal commitments,” Wilkinson said. “One of our strengths this season has been the talent on call in the wider squad, and we are trying to make the most of that for the good of the team and our individual players.

“To date our choices have been vindicated, given we are unbeaten in the league and the cup.”

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