Melville extend unbeaten run
Melville secured a much-needed point in northern premier league football with a 0-0 away draw against Western Springs.
It was a worthy result on an unloved artificial surface where familiarity favoured the home side, and extended Melville’s unbeaten run to three matches, though did nothing to improve the Unicorns 11th-place standing in the league.
Melville had there chances to nick a win, with a prime first half opportunity falling to Mark Jones, who sprung the Springs’ defence. However the surface got the better of him as he sought to go around the keeper with his touch taking him too wide of goal.
Jama Boss also had a good first half chance which he stroked wide, while Kieran Richards was just off the mark with a curling left foot shot from distance.
Springs also had some chances go just wide, though keeper Max Tommy only made one genuine save.
Melville pressed more in the second half and sub Steven Holloway had a looping header tipped over.
Springs had a very late shout for a penalty, but despite vocal arousal from their bench, it was more play-acting than anything and made no impression on the officials.
Overall the match was not one for the purist.
“It was a horrible match, and we played our part in it being horrible,” said Melville coach Sam Wilkinson – in also noting it was a match his team may well have lost a few weeks back.
Aaron Scott was named player of the day for an accomplished performance, while Campbell Brown also did well on the left for Melville in challenging circumstances. In general there were honest Melville performances all around.
On Saturday Melville are at home to Forrest Hill Milford, who lost 3-2 to leaders Auckland United.
Melville reserves lost 3-1 after Legga Legz gave them a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot.
Melville premier women moved to sixth in the W-League with a 2-1 win against Wanderers under lights.