Melton Foxes suffer county cup knock-out

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Melton Foxes limped sadly out of the last 16 of the Sunday Youth County Cup, well beaten by Premier Division side Ravenstone.

The Foxes were totally outfought, out-thought and ultimately outplayed in a disappointing display lacking any real fight or commitment.

Ravenstone started well, full-back Jacob Bates clearing a dangerous free-kick early on. Melton hit back through Harrison Mayes’ teasing corner, but no-one was on hand to force the ball home from close range.

The visitors looked much the better team, without creating many openings, but Lewis Thorpe had to react quickly to clear another dangerous corner before Alex Horobin next cleared a dangerous through ball and Bates made a determined tackle to prevent a certain goal.

Shaun Smith forced a free-kick home, but was ruled offside, and two minutes before half-time Ravenstone went ahead when Bates failed to clear a corner, and the ball was blasted past keeper Chris Lovegrove from close range.

Ravenstone started the second half with 10 players, but still looked well in control as Melton frequently gave the ball away with sloppy passing.

The visitors were gifted a second goal on 65 minutes when skipper Joe Nickolls’ attempted backpass on the volley sailed over Lovegrove.

Melton made several changes, but to no avail as the hosts looked anything but promotion contenders.

Ravenstone added a third goal after 75 minutes when a terrific 25-yard shot found the top of the net past a helpless Lovegrove.

The visitors were reduced to nine for a short period, but were still able to cope with Melton’s spasmodic efforts.

Two more goals from the dominant visitors capped off an afternoon to forget for Melton who could have no complaints with the final result.

Foxes: C. Lovegrove, J. Bates, J. Nickolls, A. Horobin, G. Wilkinson, A. Walker, L. Thorpe, C. Ainge, C. Steans. S. Smith, H. Mayes, B. Carroll, A. Kotarba, K. Jones, C. McNeight.