Tough start to Easter

It’s back to the drawing board for Melville after the slumped to a 0-1 home defeat to Northern Rovers in the northern league.

On Easter Monday Melville must now face a resurgent Wanderers Sports Club, who themselves bounced back from a first round defeat to notch an impressive 3-0 away win over Birkenhead United.

In front of a big Good Friday crowd Melville failed to fire. Rovers victory came courtesy of a stunning volley into the top corner from distance by Rovers player-coach Adam Dickinson i the 33rd minute.

And that was pretty much the match. Melville had their fair share of possession but did not manage a shot on goal until Jama Boss softly struck one in the 91st minute.

Melville did pressure fiercely in the final 20 minutes, and nobody could have complained if it had finished a draw, but Rovers were resolute in a sometimes muscular contest.

Melville coach Sam Wilkinson described Dickinson’s winner as “super’ but summed up his team as “off the boil” and “lethargic”.

“we huffed and puffed a bit more in the second half and I can’t fault the effort there, but we are not a team that can afford to have a bad half.”

He did not name a player of the day.

On April 10 Melville are at home to West Coast Rangers (think Waitakere)

Melville reserves picked up their first points with a 3-2 win, with Sean Leadley grabbing the winner about 15 minutes from time.

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