Match Report

Mead Plant & Grab Division 3A

Melbourn 3 -1 Meldreth

Melbourn was back in action this week at home against a inform Meldreth FC. Melbourn was looking for revenge after suffering their only league defeat at the hands of their local rivals a few weeks previous.  Melbourn was missing Monohan, Wellstead and Short so in come Wilkins, Wagstaff and Tom Walker for his first start of the season.

The game started pretty even with both sides struggling to keep possession or string any passes together and it was Meldreth who came closest to opening the scoring when a dangerous cross into box behind the defence was met by the diving header of Wilkins who managed to nod it over the bar to safety from 6yards out.  Melbourn then had chance of their own when Holt burst past a couple of defenders into the box but his cross shot was cleared on the line by the defender.
Melbourn did take the lead 35 minutes in and it came from a corner. Moore's delivery caused chaos in the box and the ball fell to the feet of captain Ryan Lees who's 12 yard pile driver smashed into the bottom corner giving the hosts the lead at the break.

Melbourn started the second half with real confidence and settled into their passing game immediately with Wagstaff, Webb and Gray dominating the midfield and Beattie and Walker out wide attacking the fullbacks at every opportunity. 15minutes in and they got their reward. Tommy Walker winning a tackle and then producing pass of the match through the defence to the prolific Moore who made no mistake beating the keeper from the edge of the box. Melbourn wanting to keep the pressure on and get the all important third goal didn't have to wait long. Dominic Holt with a sweet strike from 20 yards out on the outside of his foot into the bottom corner after some good work from Webb effectively killed the game off!  Melbourn had the ball in the net again minutes later. A fine header from Beattie from a Moore free kick only for it to be harshly judged offside. Meldreth nearly got a goal back after a goal kick went straight to the striker who then charged into the box and just as he was going to pull the trigger the captain Lees made a perfectly timed tackle to thwart the shot and keep the clean sheet.  The introduction of Hinchlifffe for Walker meant Cockburn went into the midfield and he nearly got his first of the season moments later, Moores beautiful cross to the back post found Cockburn but his volley was just wide. Meldreth did manage to get a goal back after a mix up at the back but that was merely a consolation. Holt came close in the later stages with his shot from 25 yards out just missing the top corner after more good work from Webb.

It finished 3-1 and Melbourn deservedly took the points and remain top of the league. Melbourn have a tricky fixture away to Mott Macdonald next week but should be full of confidence and looking to get more points on the board!

MOM - Dom Holt

Mead Plant & Grab Division 3A Table