Another narrow loss for Melville

Melville’s failure to beat Bay Olympic at home has ramped up the pressure to secure two wins from upcoming away matches against Manukau United, Northern Rovers and West Coast Rangers – all teams below them on the northern premier league table.

Melville lost 1-0 against Bay, due to a 77th minute penalty awarded for handball. it is the eighth penalty Melville have conceded this season, but easily the harshest.

Melville are at home to Waitemata in the Chatham Cup on Saturday (June 5) but then away to Manukau on June 12 and Northern Rovers (June 28)

However while the penalty proved the difference between the teams on the scoreboard, Bay deserved the win if only because they managed significantly more attacks and shots than a Melville team which struggled with its passing.

Melville are now eighth on the table, five points clear of the relegation zone, at what is the halfway point in the northern league season.

Melville coach Sam Wilkinson was unhappy with his team’s performance.

“We’re in a little bit of a rut,” he said, though did single out skipper Aaron Scott for praise.

Bay coach Paul Marshall said it had been a treat for his players to play on Gower No 1 – a pitch he considered the best in the league – “even if we had to hang on for grim death at the end”.

He described Bay keeper Nicholas Draper as ‘the best in the league” though it was a shame Melville never properly tested that proposition, with remarkably few shots.

Melville Reserves were beaten 3-1 by Bay Olympic. Sub Dakota Brady scored for Melville midway through the second half. Melville are now eighth on the table.

Melville Nobs beat Claudelands Wallys on Friday night 1-0 to move to within two points of the Wallys at the top of the Waikato Div 1 table. Mitch Hyde scored the goal which handed the Wallys their first loss.

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