Melville extend their NRFL lead
Super Melville have moved an impressive eight points clear at the top of the northern league first division following a 5-1 home win over Tauranga City.
And their “promotion margin” – back to third place – has extended to nine points with 12 league matches left to play.
Melville were assisted by Fencibles losing 3-1 to Hibiscus Coast and Waiheke United drawing 2-2 with Mt Albert Ponsonby.
Melville have 28 points, Fencibles have 20, with a further four clubs one or two points further back.
Melville blitzed Tauranga with two goals in the first 10 minutes, with Josh Davies scoring his eighth of the season in the second minute and Liam Steffert his fourth of the campaign with a sweet curling left foot free kick.
Davies added another in the 27th minute and Jordan Lamb made it 4-0 in the 41st minute.
Three minutes into the second spell and there were hints of the double-digit hammering of 2017 as Mark Jones made it 5-0.
But Tauranga played with a lot more cohesion in the second spell and scored themselves, while Melville’s Jama Boss had a penalty saved by Tom Pamment.
Stafford Dowling and Dylan Morris made their season debuts off the bench. Dowling “scored” from a header but had it disallowed for offside.
Meanwhile Melville Reserves returned to form with a 3-0 win over Tauranga.
Melville are away to fifth Mt Albert Ponsonby next week.