Melville go three points clear
Super Melville moved three points clear at the top of the northern league first division after a 6-0 home win over Forrest Hill Milford at Gower Park.
It was an impressive showing from Melville, even allowing for the fact that Forrest Hill had Jack Caunter sent off in the 33rd minute for his second yellow card of the match.
Melville took a 14th minute lead when Forrest Hill keeper Zac White could only parry a shot from Josh Davies and Jordan Lamb had an easy tap-in.
Mark Jones returned to the starting line-up and added a spanking left footer after a nimble run down the left in the 45th minute.
Then three minutes into first half stoppage time Davies squeezed home an excellent right-foot shot just inside the post to give Melville an unexpected margin of comfort against a team that had led the league for several weeks.
Jama Boss (above) then added a second half hat trick to take his season tally to nine goals from seven games and lead the golden boot standings by two from Davies.
Melville named midfielder Liam Steffert as player of the day.
Coach Sam Wilkinson praised his team for their application.
Forrest Hill spokesman Clive Campbell said he was looking forward to a rematch on the North Shore “with an Auckland referee” – an unsubtle swipe at Waikato referee Ben Norman, who as well as sending Caunter off, booked three Forrest Hill players for dissent and two others for reckless fouls. Liam Hayes was booked for Melville.
Meanwhile Melville Reserves lost 2-1 to Forrest Hill Milford after leading 1-0.
Melville are away to Waiheke United on Saturday.