Melville regain that winning feeling

Melville grafted their way to a morale-restoring 1-0 away win over Glenfield Rovers to get their first points in the northern premier league this season.

An eighth minute strike from Josh Davies, following a corner, was enough to give Melville their 14th successive away victory in league and cup football, and more importantly, their first three-pointer in premier ranks since a 3-1 home win over Birkenhead in September 2016.

It was the first time Melville have scored this season. At the same stage last season the Unicorns had potted 12 goals, perhaps reflecting how goals are at much more of a premium at this level.

Melville had a couple of good chances to extend their lead. Kieran Richards, who had a strong game, blazed over the top after a fine run just before half time. And Harry Rose miskicked a good first-half opening.

Glenfield also botched an easy chance to level in the second half, hitting the woodwork with just Max Tommy to beat.

Melville were without Mark Jones and started Liam Hayes at right back, with Flynn O’Brien on the bench.

Cole Peverley again only lasted about 60 minutes, with O’Brien then coming on and Hayes pushing back into midfield.

Up front Davies had a muscular game, while Aaron Scott was a class above at the back for Melville. Luke Searle acquitted himself well with very little support on the left flank. Max Tommy made one good first half save and was totally secure in all he did.

Hayes, back from five week’s suspension, became the first Melville player to fall foul of the sin-binning rule in place this season for players who show dissent, and spent 10 minutes on the sideline.

Glenfield captain Ben Gordon was among those not to learn from the experience and was later also sin-binned.

As the match progressed Melville sat in to secure the win, finishing with a 4-5-1 formation.

Melville are at home to Manukau City on Saturday. Manukau drew 3-3 with North Shore.

# Sean Leadley grabbed a 43rd minute winner as Melville Reserves beat Glenfield Rovers 1-0. Hero for Melville was keeper Jamie Searle who saved a penalty then also parried away the rebounded shot.

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