Melville climb the table
Melville are where they want to be for the rest of the season – inside the top four in the northern premier league, and subsequently on track for the end-of-season national league round.
Melville eased into the top four – admittedly with Bay Olympic and North Shore having a game in hand – courtesy of an unexpectedly difficult 1-0 home win over bottom-placed West Coast Rangers.
Super skipper Aaron Scott claimed the 10th minute goal – from a Quinton Kipara corner – to take his tally to two goals in two matches. However Scott is now unavailable for the next fortnight and Melville will need to find somebody else capable of scoring goals.
Jama Boss went close with a second half shot which hit the bar but otherwise that was it up front as Melville gave game time to a number of squad members
Campbell Brown was named player of the day for Melville for a fine performance at centreback which belied his tender years. Adam Luque (formerly Wanderers) made his Melville debut off the bench, with Legga Legz getting his first start of the season.
Melville Reserves – with Harry Trethowan at the coaching helm – had a fine 5-0 win over West Coast Rangers with goals to Tyler Ericksen (2), Raheem Hunter and Blake Wisnewski plus an own goal. Melville are third in the league, one point off top place.
Melville are away to league leaders Western Springs on Saturday, on the disappointing artificial turf at Seddon Fields. Kick-off, at this stage at least, is 3pm.
# On Friday night Melville Old Boys kicked off with a 3-0 win over Northern United in the Over 35s, with Mike “Donkey” Stewart scoring a good one. Elsewhere Melville Nobs won 5-0 over West Hamilton, and Melville Mighty As beat Claudelands Squatters 3-1. St Paul’s Corinthians lost 3-2 to Matamata.