Melville make it two in a row

Melville remain top of the Northern League First Division on goal difference after a hard-fought away win over North Shore United.

Enzo Giordani’s report and photos HERE

Marc McMullan’s match photos HERE

Grigor Griffin’s match blog HERE

They are one of three clubs with a perfect record ahead of a home game against Fencibles United at Gower Park on Saturday (April 7) at 3pm. (Reserves 12.30pm.)

The table looks like this after two rounds:

Melville fielded the same starting line-up from a week earlier but found Shore a much tougher proposition than Oratia (even though both clubs are now pointless at the bottom of the table).

It was a relatively even contest, with Shore occasionally looking sharp and speedy on attack, but Melville secured an all-important lead after Mark Jones scorched down the right, hit the touchline and crossed on the deck for quiet man Liam Steffert (above) to tap the ball home at the far post in the 17th minute.

Jama Boss made the game safe for Melville in the 72nd minute, turning home a parried save from a Josh Davies shot.

Boss had earlier had a “goal” ruled out for offside after he swooped on a crossbar rebound from a long shot from Aaron Scott.

Melville could have had a couple more late in the day but were happy with three points at a venue where they failed last year.

For Melville Sedy Baroke had some lovely touches in midfield, while substitute Jordan Lamb was slick and lively when he came on in the second half and must be pressing for a starting berth.

Late in the game Jones injured his hamstring and went off.

Meanwhile Melville Reserves cruised to a 5-0 win to also have a perfect record. Goals came from Harry Christian Rose (2), Prince Mabouda, John Leo Casalli, and Immo Frank in a confident showing.

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