Melville eyeing a home win
Melville enter a home northern premier league match against Birkenhead United this weekend buoyed by a critical 1-0 away win over Waitakere City which has lifted them to eighth in the table.
The Unicorns have yet to secure any points at Gower Park this season, but will have every chance against opponents who have won just two of their nine matches to date, and trail Melville by two points on the table.
Josh Davies scored right on half time, following up on a break from Marc Evans, to secure the win against Waitakere.
It was far from being a vintage Melville performance, but Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson was pleased with the outcome.
“It was not an easy game,” he said. “Waitakere are an improving proposition. it was a big result and a necessary result for us.
“We had opportunities to kill them off but being short on confidence meant we had a nervy last 10 minutes once again.
“However we looked a lot more secure in defending set plays and saw the game out well.”
Aaron Scott was absent, following the birth of his daughter, Violet.
Holding midfielder Liam Hayes was named player of the day for a mature performance in which he combined work rate with improved discipline.
Waitakere had Ignacio Machuca Maturena sent off in the 71st minute for kicking a Melville player, with the matter bound to prompt further action after he refused to leave the pitch.
Melville Reserves lost 4-0.
Meanwhile Melville Feds moved into the top half of the Federation League table after a 2-0 away win over Te Puke. Sok Ven and David Brennan supplied first half goals.
And Melville Nobs cruised to a 7-0 home win over Waikato Unicol Vets in the Waikato Cup on Gower No 1. Feature of the game was the rehabilitation from a long-term back injury of former Melville first team skipper Steven Holloway, who scored one and set up one before retiring at half time from his role as a non-defending right back. Mighty Bs lost 3-1 to Claudelands Wallies.