Leics Senior League: Melton past Earl Shilton

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Melton Mowbray moved within six points of the Senior League leaders with a comprehensive victory achieved without several regulars.

The home side were expecting a tricky test on Saturday against an Earl Shilton side which had dumped East Midlands Counties League club Barrow Town out of the cup.

Melton started the game at a good tempo on a heavy, wet pitch and worked hard to retain possession.

They opened the scoring on 30 minutes when new signing Emi Chiavetto clipped in a cross for Tony Thorpe to head past the keeper.

Ben Lapworth started the move for the second goal with a great through ball which Thorpe smashed against the post before Aidan Black placed the rebound past the defender on the goal-line.

Tommy Cooper was having a great game in the heart of Melton’s defence in a great firat half team performance.

Melton started the second half in the same fashion and soon added to the tally when great work from Jack Baker released David Hazeldine who played Thorpe in on goal. Thorpe cut inside and placed a shot under the keeper for his second of the game.

He was injured in the process and replaced by 16-year-old Alex Horobin who made an immediate impact when his ball set up Aidan Black who fired firmly past the keeper.

Cragg made a great save with his feet to deny Shilton forward Bishop with the visitors’ only real chance of the match.

Baker was unlucky not to get on the end of Black’s delivery across the face of goal, and Hazeldine’s free-kick was tipped onto the bar as Melton continued to dominate.

The result kept Mowbray in fourth place in the Premier Division, six points behind leaders Birstall United who visit Asfordby Acres on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The man-of-the-match award, sponsored by Melton Health Alliance, went to Tom Cooper and Jack Baker.

Melton: Cragg, Lapworth, Chiavetta, Mann (c), Cooper, Hill (Lauchlan), Baker. Black. Black. Thorpe (Horobin), Hazeldine.