Important away win for Melville

Melville kept their promotion hopes alive with a critical 4-2 away win over high-flying Western Springs at Seddon Fields.

It means the top of northern league division 1 now looks like this….

In a battle between red and green superhoops Melville took an early 2-0 lead through goals from Eric “Jones” and Marc “Hitman” Evans. In Evans’ case it was his 33rd of the season, counting cup matches. Impressive.

Melville adjusted well to the bright city lights of Auckland. (All Photos courtesy of Marc McMullan.)

Springs pulled one back through Connor Probert just before half time, but Melville eased away again when Jama Boss netted a long-range effort – with his left foot, no less.

Jama Boss about to unleash a big left-footer against Springs.

Goalscoring pals Marc Evans and Jama Boss were quick to celebrate and congratulate each other.

Sub Patrick Hinchcliffe added the icing with a super late solo effort.

Patrick Hinchcliffe came on and scored a cracker.

Probert added a late second for Springs from a free kick.

Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson was delighted.

“We were more than deserving of the win,” he said. “We played well in the first half. We were a bit patchy in the second half where we got untidy and gave them a chance, but we pulled it around

Wilkinson singled out Lachie McIsaac as Melville’s stand-out player.

Lachie McIsaac gave a top display at left back.

“We’ve asked Lachie to do a job down the left he’s not so familiar with this season, and he was very good on the ball, got forward well, and handled a tough challenge in facing Probert. Flynn O’Brien and Robbie Greenhalgh were also very good at the back.”

As to promotion prospects, Wilkinson said: “We are a little bit reliant on Western Springs or Manukau dropping points, but I will be surprised if that does not happen. If we can win our last six matches I think we will go up.”

Meanwhile Melville Reserves won 4-2 as well, and remain three points behind Ellerslie in second place.

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