Derby Day despair

Derby Day despair

Melville were hammered 5-1 by Wanderers Sports Club in their midweek derby at Gower Park, in what is believed to be the biggest winning margin in such matches between the clubs.

Wanderers took control with two early goals to Jama Boss and Sam Redwood, and then built upon that.

Boss added an impudent chip and Andrew Blake a screamer before half time.

Wanderers coach Mark Cossey reportedly warned his team 4-0 was a dangerous scoreline at the break, and so it proved when Marc Evans pulled a goal back early for Melville in the second half. Evans, cut in from the left flank and drove a hard low shot in off the far post for a very good finish.

But Blake, previously with Wellington Phoenix, and a Melville player in 2012, added a cracking second midway through the second spell.

Melville coach Steve Williams called it ‘a smack in the face” but sidi his players would have to deal with it.

He named Ryan “Red Dragon” Taylor, playing as a central defender, as his player of the day.

Melville are away to unbeaten Glenfield on Saturday.

Meanwhile on Sunday Melville host Rotorua in the first round of the National Women’s Knockout Cup at 1pm.

Melville women’s squad: GK Angelique Tuisamoa; 2 Monique Corkill; 3 Kendal Gaby-Sutherland; 4 Konagh Garrett; 5 Eilish Graves; 6 Erin Sims; 7 Emily McGuinness; 8 Kelsie Mackintosh; 9 Ali Galletly; 10 Clare Mackintosh; 11 Steph Murray; 12 Sarathavy Kor; 13 Trish Watson; 14 Annie Oxborrow; 15 Brigitte Ravera

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