Three Kings Came Bearing No Gifts
Melville recorded their second successive loss of the northern premier league season in going down 1-3 at home to a strong and experienced Three Kings United team.
But Melville showed enough to suggest this will not be a repeat of 2015, where they took nine matches to notch a win, and they were not disgraced against good opposition.
Melville trailed to a brilliant chip from Aaron Bawdewker in the 18th minute and then a defensive mix-up gifted a second five minutes before half time.
TKU went further ahead when Zane Sole scored from a pinpoint curling free kick midway through the second half.
But Melville were generally competitive and gained reward in the 90th minute when Ryan Taylor surged into the area down the right flank and drew a penalty. Marc Evans clinically converted.
Meanwhile Melville Reserves continued their perfect record with a 3-2 win over Three Kings. Pick of the goals came from Josh Nooijen, volleying home a clever Ben Pascoe cross.
And Melville Feds hammered Otumoetai 4-0, with goals to Dylan Blair (2), Terry Blunt and the excellent Mamood Alfrarraji. Coach Neil Mouncher said while it was a good result, he would be demanding much improvement from his team for the games ahead.
Old Boys were beaten 3-0 by Otorohanga, and Melville B drew 2-2 with Waihi.