Senior League: Friar Lane 2-2 Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray joint managers Matt Curtis (left) and Cliff Thornton EMN-150915-172436002
Melton Mowbray joint managers Matt Curtis (left) and Cliff Thornton EMN-150915-172436002
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Melton travelled to Senior League promotion rivals Friar Lane on Saturday who were boosted by new signing Courtney Mead from Grantham Town.

Both teams set off at a good pace in an end-to-end match, but the final ball was lacking as possession was given away.

Friar Lane went ahead on 30 minutes when Mead played in Rik Bates who looked offside on his clean run at goal and fired past a helpless Cragg.

Melton responded positively with Myring forcing a good save, but it was Aaron Black’s trickery which undid the Lane defence as he glided past one defender and was brought down as he advanced on goal.

Aidan Black stepped up to score the resulting penalty, placing his spot kick powerfully into the top corner.

The second half started cagily as again both teams cancelled each other out, but Cragg came to Melton’s rescue with two fine saves.

The visitors lost Aaron Black to injury and brought on Jack Baker who made an immediate impact when his shot was deflected onto the crossbar after Ambrose’s run down the left,

Baker then sent another effort inches wide as Melton started to boss the match. But Friar Lane restored their lead against the run of play with only 10 minutes left. A poor Melton free-kick outside the Friar Lane box gave the hosts the chance to counter and Mead ran clear to fire firmly past Cragg.

Melton also lost Fray to injury, following a commanding performance alongside Cooper at the heart of Melton’s defence.

He was replaced by Clayton and Melton also brought on Mann in midfield and they both made an impact to help Mowbray draw level.

Bishop found space on the right and his reverse pass found the overlapping Aidan Black who took one touch and put a well-placed shot past the keeper.

Melton had a chance to steal the game in the closing seconds, but Baker’s shot couldn’t find its way through a crowded goalmouth.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Everyone Active, was Simon Snow.

Melton: Cragg, Snow, Lapworth, Cooper (c), Fray (Clayton), Myring, Hazeldine, Bishop, Ambrose (Mann), Aidan Black, Aaron Black (Baker).