Melton Mowbray hit back with seven-goal show against Friar Lane

Hat-trick man Aidan Black is the second top scorer in the Senior League EMN-160223-112140002
Hat-trick man Aidan Black is the second top scorer in the Senior League EMN-160223-112140002
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Melton bounced back from their Sileby disappointment and roared back into the title race with a convincing win on Saturday.

Mowbray managers Matt Curtis and Cliff Thornton added new signings Jake Wain, from Barrow Town, and Luke Winfield, from Aylestone Park, into the squad with forward Wain in the starting XI and midfielder Winfield on the bench.

Jack Baker was on target twice against Friar Lane EMN-160223-112152002

Jack Baker was on target twice against Friar Lane EMN-160223-112152002

The home side started in positive fashion with Ash Palfreyman and Jack Baker looking very lively, but had to wait until the 20th minute to open the scoring.

Baker linked with Wain who played in Aidan Black to round the keeper and make it 1-0.

Melton then immediately conceded a soft goal when centre-half Kieran Clayton clattered into an opponent. A penalty was awarded which Matthew Banton dispatched, sending keeper Richard Cragg the wrong way.

But parity was short-lived as the home side restored their lead immediately when a cross into the box was handled and Aidan Black stepped up to slot home the penalty.

Baker then scored just before half-time with a good shot from eight yards out after the home forwards once again split open the Lane defence.

Melton started the second half in determined fashion and soon added to their lead when Wain again found Aidan Black on the left who completed his hat-trick with a fierce shot from close range.

Aaron Black then scored the fifth when he finished from 10 yards with a shot into the top corner, and Wain grabbed a debut goal after great work from Shannon Myring in midfield.

Baker completed the rout, finishign with ease after Luke Winfield squared a ball across the area.

Hazeldine had two further chances to increase the lead, but blasted both efforts over the bar from close range.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by MM Sports Pics, was Aidan Black.

Melton: Cragg, Foster, Lapworth, Palfreyman, Clayton, Mann (c), Baker, Myring (Winfield), Black (Bishop), Black (Hazeldine), Wain