Nooijens scores all four for table-topping Ressies

Melville United Reserves are flourishing in inverse proportion to the fortunes of the club’s first team.

While Melville’s northern premier league team lost 4-0 away to league leaders Central United on Saturday to remain bottom, Melville Reserves won 4-0 against Central to be eight points clear at top of the Premier Reserves (though second-placed Western Springs have two games in hand).

Melville did well enough in the first 30 minutes of the premier league contest, but fell behind to a stunning long-range goal, and were then quickly 2-0 down. Prospects then slumped when defender Justin Harden was sent off.

By contrast Josh Nooijens scored all four goals for the Ressies, who could have easily had a lot more as they coasted against Central Reserves and will be favourites to win again on Saturday .

Melville are at home to defending champions and second-placed Eastern Suburbs this Saturday.

Melville Feds got back on track with a 4-2 away win over Waikato Unicol last week, thanks to goals from Dylan Blair (2), Matt Shaw, and Mahmood Alfarraji.

The Feds are fifth on the table, and at home to seventh-placed Papamoa on Saturday.

Melville Old Boys are third in the Waikato C Division after a 2-1 win over Waikato Unicol. The old Boys face Claudelands Rovers Squatters in a key Waikato plate match on Saturday, while Melville Young Boys are at home to Northern United in the same competition, and Melville D are away to Huntly Thistle.

Meanwhile Melville women’s reserves had a 4-0 win agaisnt Cobras to remain three points clear of Cambridge at the top of the table.

QUIZ

Melville United are running a quiz at The Dinsdale Office (Dinsdale shopping centre, near the Countdown supermarket) on Monday August 15, at 7pm. It’s a fundraiser for the club, with teams of up to six, and entry of $10 a head.

It is open to outsiders as well as club members, and there is an expectation for all Melville teams to have an entry.

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