Melton Mowbray 8-2 Desford match report

Liam Ambrose gets a shot away for Melton during their big win over Desford EMN-150809-103900002
Liam Ambrose gets a shot away for Melton during their big win over Desford EMN-150809-103900002

Melton made it four games unbeaten and started to show the form expected on Saturday as they dismantled Desford at Asfordby Acres.

The hosts went into the match with three players suspended and three missing, but welcomed back Aidan Black, Levi Fray and Adam Bishop to the starting XI.

Melton started the game with intent with their free flowing football which had been missing in recent weeks. Aidan Black opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Lapworth’s ball down the line found Aaron Black who raced past his marker and pulled the ball back for his brother to sidefoot home.

Mowbray then made it 2-0 on 14 minutes when Liam Ambrose dribbled past the defender on the left and was hacked down. Aidan Black slotted home from the penalty spot to make it four goals in two games.

Melton continued to dominate possession and Dave Hazeldine added the third on 30 minutes when he prodded home at the back post after a good ball from Aaron Black.

Adam Bishop added a quick double as he latched onto Hazeldine’s through ball and nipped past the keeper to score, and then sidefooted home with a fine finish from the edge of the area after another good passing move.

Melton started the second half at a quick tempo and Bishop completed his hat-trick after another good move, beating the offside trap and placing a shot to the side of the keeper.

Desford had their keeper sent off soon after when he handled the ball outside the area and then kicked the ball away when the referee penalised him.

Being reduced to 10 men and 6-0 down seemed to spark Desford into life as they played their best football and scored twice as the home side sat back and took their foot off the gas.

Hazeldine made it seven when he finished neatly, lifting the ball over the advancing keeper, and Aaron Black completed the rout when he rounded the keeper and tapped in.

Melton gave debuts to 17-year-olds Alex Horobin and Shaun Smith for the last 15 minutes and they didn’t disappoint.

Mowbray’s day was spoilt on the stroke of full-time when man-of-the-match Bishop was harshly shown his second yellow card for a mis-timed tackle.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Alex Fairbrother Building Services, was Adam Bishop.

Melton: Cragg, Stapleton, Lapworth, Fray, Cooper (c), Bishop, Myring (Snow), Ambrose (Smith), Hazeldine (Horobin), Aiden Black, Aaron Black.