Melville eye East Coast Bays

Melville’s away northern premier league match against East Coast Bays on Saturday (May 4) has taken on increased importance after the Unicorns stumbled to two narrow home losses inside three days.

Melville lost 1-0 to league leaders Eastern Suburbs on Anzac Day, thanks to a 93rd minute goal, then fell 2-1 at Gower Park to Western Suburbs after leading for most of the game.

It’s left Melville second to last on the table, but with their eye now on East Coast Bays, just three points ahead, who have conceded 16 goals in their last two matches.

In the wake of another traumatic home loss (against Springs) Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson said he was “massively disappointed”.

“We deserved more out of the game,” he said. “I know you’re hearing the same thing every week, but it is not like we are getting rolled by teams.”

Wilkinson said Melville needed to work more on how they played when not in possession to avoid a pattern emerging.

But it is not just the defence which deserves scrutiny. By this time last year in Division 1 Melville had scored 22 goals. This year after five games they have scored just four goals.

Logan Wiznewski netted his first goal of the season – from a Mark Jones cross – to give Melville an early lead against Western Springs, but then missed an absolute gift which may have sewn the contest up. Luke Searle had a strong second half header well saved.

Flynn O’Brien gave away a late penalty, while All White Myer Bevan then scored a late winner.

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