Improved Melville fall to unbeaten Glenfield
Melville turned in a useful performance but still lost 3-1 away to unbeaten Glenfield in northern premier league football.
With five minutes remaining Melville trailed 2-1 and were looking capable of snatching an equaliser.
But a defensive error led to a third Glenfield goal – to sub Tommy Miller – and the chance of a precious away point was lost.
Earlier Glenfield took a 2-0 half time lead with goals to Mike Gwyther and Darren White, both courtesy of through balls from Oceania Champions League medallist Mario Bilen.
Substitute Jake Bayliss gave Melville hope when he finished of a Melville move which was good reward for a sustained period of attack. It was Bayliss’s debut northern premier league goal.
The bad news for Melville was that late in the contest Ryan Red Dragon Taylor was subbed off with an unknown leg injury, but it looked painful. Taylor put in a spirited performance at left back, while schoolboy midfielder Lachie McIsaac was also mentioned in despatches.
Melville coach Steve Williams had no complaints about the efforts of his team.
Melville Reserves suffered a rare loss in going down 3-1 to Glenfield. Newly transferred David Brennan scored for Melville. When Liam Fellowes came off injured Melville were so short that coach Merv Williams ordered spritely assistant coach Wytse Bouma, 48, to make his Melville debut. Bouma almost scored with the final kick of the match.
Meanwhile Melville Feds drew 1-1 away to Papamoa, with Luke Goodwin scoring in the second half to secure a point.
Melville Old Boys drew 2-2 at home to Claudelands Rovers, leaders of the C Division.
Melville are at home to Onehunga – who drew 3-3 with Three Kings – on Saturday.