ABOVE: Defender Flynn O’Brien has been one of the pre-season stand-outs for Melville. Is he the new Aaron Scott?
PRE-SEASON LATEST: On Saturday March 4 Melville are due to play northern premier league champions Central United at Gower Park at 11am. The match will be played on the No 2 pitch if renovations have started on the No 1 pitch.
SITTING ON THE FENCIBLES
Melville’s pre-season campaign gathered momentum with an 8-0 home win over northern league second division side Fencibles.
Melville dominated in a contest played in three 30 minutes spells, scoring all their goals in the first two thirds. New Welsh import Patrick Hinchcliffe appeared, as did Eric “Jones”, who was also missing last week, otherwise it was pretty much the same crew that played Claudelands a week earlier.
Fencibles are coached by former Wanderers defender Danny Rattray, and featured two former Wanderers players Jared Young and Le Bon Bulamba.
The Melville United Golf Tournament has been set for Sunday March 12, 12 noon, at the Ngahinapouri Golf Club in Reids Rd. Entry is $50 per player, with prizegiving scheduled for 6.30pm. Teams of four preferred, but more will be allowed in certain cases, particularly if some of your players are a bit shit. Refreshments will be provided on-course, with a barbecue also outside the clubhouse. Email email@example.com to enter a team (or as an individual).
Melville’s northern league pre-season stuttered into life with a 2-2 home draw with Claudelands Rovers.
And “pre-season” was perhaps the best word to describe Melville’s efforts. It was a chance for some players to work their way into the squad – and a chance for others to work their way out.
Melville dominated possession and had more chances than Judith Collins, but managed some improbable misses, while Rovers keeper Adam O’Rourke made some fine saves, including a penalty from the luckless Jacob Robb, who on another day might have scored seven.
Melville’s two goals came from the boot of Marc Evans, one of them a penalty.
Flynn O’Brien was tidy at centre back for Melville.
Melville first team squad members Aaron Scott, Stafford Dowling, Eric “Jones”, Steven Holloway, and new Welsh import Patrick Hinchcliffe did not take part in the match.
Meanwhile a new-look Melville Reserves came from behind to beat Claudelands Rovers 5-1, with a powerful late burst.