Senior League leaders Melton come through Rothley test

Melton Mowbray 1-0 Saffron Dynamo EMN-150128-092745002

Melton Mowbray 1-0 Saffron Dynamo EMN-150128-092745002

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Senior League leaders Melton continued to put the pressure on the chasing teams with another comprehensive performance on Saturday.

The victory maintained their six-point cushion from Sileby, who have three games in hand, and 15 points from Saffron who have played six games less.

Melton started well and set out with intent, pressing from the first whistle as they attacked up the slope.

Aaron Black should have opened the scoring after five minutes when Jack Baker played him in on goal, but Black dragged his effort wide. Ash Palfreyman then headed narrowly over from a corner.

Aidan Black looked sharp in attack, but had to move to left-back when Gav Williamson went off injured and was replaced by forward David Hazeldine.

Melton opened the scoring after 25 minutes when Adam Bishop’s teasing ball into the box was turned in by a Rothley defender.

Mowbray then made it 2-0 just before half-time when Bishop was fouled in the area and Aidan Black coolly slotted home the penalty for his 20th league goal of season.

The visitors should have added to their lead straight from the restart for the second half, but Hazeldine’s effort was well saved.

There was a scare at the other end when Richard Cragg was harshly penalised for bringing down a Rothley forward, but the keeper made amends by diving full-stretch to his right to save the spot kick.

Melton continued to dominate the rest of the half with Hazeldine again forcing a smart save from the keeper.

Bishop, the Melton Building Society man-of-the-match, made the game safe when he superbly fired home following Palfreyman’s jinking run from defence.

Stapleton blasted over the bar from five yards after being introduced as a substitute before Aaron Black completed the scoring when he finished off a neat passing move with a crisp strike which fooled the keeper at the near post.

Melton complete their home fixtures against St Andrew’s Reserves on Saturday at Asfordby, kick-off 3pm.

Melton: R. Cragg, T. Cooper, G. Williamson (D. Hazeldine), L. Fray, A. Palfreyman, L. Mann (c) (Geraghty), K. Clayton, J. Baker, Aidan Black, A. Bishop (S. Stapleton), Aaron Black.