Reserves are champions – First team win too!
Melville United have won the Northern Premier Reserve League for the first time in the club’s history.
And the first team also came to the party at Seddon Fields by beating Western Springs 3-0 to still have a slim chance of avoiding relegation.
That means the Reserves have – at least for now – avoided the distinction of landing the “Lucifer’s Double” (league title and relegation) given Reserves automatically mirror the league status of their first team under northern league structures.
The bottom of the northern premier league table will become clearer after the Sunday match between Tauranga and Wanderers, but in the interim Melville can take pride in the achievements of their champion Reserve team.
Meanwhile Melville Feds shored up their league position with an emphatic 5-1 away win over Tauranga Boys’ College. Mohammed Kakai netted a hat trick, with Dylan Blair and Luke Goodwin completing the scoring.
With two matches to play, Melville are fifth, two points behind Otumoetai.
Melville Old Boys are still on target to retain the much cherished Waikato Plate, beating Matamata Swifts 4-0 away.
In each knockout round the Old Boys have been taking the plate on tour with them, exhibiting it in the same filthy condition that they received it last year, but have not yet met anyone prepared to take it off them, and will now face Huntly Thistle in the final.