Melville all at sea against East Coast Bays
A rampant East Coast Bays hammered Melville 5-0 at Gower Park in northern premier league football.
With Justin Harden and Jono Viviani injured, a rejigged Melville backline had no answer to a Bays team which led 3-0 at half time through Dylan Stasnfield (2) and Judd Baker, and problems were exacerbated when Ryan Taylor was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the second half.
Bays bossed the midfield, while it was a disappointing debut for goalkeeper Scott Reid, who joined Melville this week after a transfer coach Steve Williams described as being more complicated than signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite the send-off, where Taylor unfortunately slipped in making a second half challenge, Williams named his left back as his player of the day, while he also had praise for subs Jake Mechell and Jake Bayliss.
Meanwhile Melville Reserves beat Bays 2-0 with two goals from Mike Cosgrave to remain unbeaten. The Reserves, who also beat Wanderers Sports Club 5-3 midweek, are second in the league, two points behind Eastern Suburbs.
Melville Federation team beat Matamata 3-0, with goals from Terry Blunt, Ernest Pidoke and Avi Raju.
And Melville Old Boys beat Waikato Unicol 4-1, thanks largely to a hat trick from former first teamer Gavin Douglas, who has been reinvented as a midfielder.
Melville are away to Tauranga City United on Anzac Day.