Senior League: Melton Mowbray up to third with Cottesmore win

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Melton moved up to third after easing past local rivals Cottesmore on Monday in front of a good crowd at Asfordby.

On a boggy pitch, the home side started the game very well as they passed the ball neatly and attacked with pace to pressure the Cottesmore defence.

Jack Baker's double helped Melton to a 5-1 win over Cottesmore on Monday EMN-151229-121254002

Jack Baker's double helped Melton to a 5-1 win over Cottesmore on Monday EMN-151229-121254002

Melton created a couple of decent efforts, but lacked the quality in front of goal until the quarter-hour mark when they finally opened the scoring with a well-worked goal.

Baker played in Foster with a first-time ball, and he clipped another pass with his first touch to Hazeldine who, with a slight deflection, looped the ball over the keeper and into the top corner.

Hazeldine than turned provider for Melton’s second after 20 minutes when he played in Baker. He carried the ball across the field and glided past two players before bending a delicious finish around the keeper from 18 yards.

Cottesmore came back into the game, but Palfreyman and Cooper once again looked solid at the back.

Melton Mowbray 5-1 Cottesmore Amateurs EMN-151229-121317002

Melton Mowbray 5-1 Cottesmore Amateurs EMN-151229-121317002

Former Melton player John Love had the ball in the net after 30 minutes when he headed home at the back post, but was ruled offside.

The visitors got a lifeline just before the half-time whistle when Bishop’s back pass didn’t reach Cragg in goal, and Love nipped in and slotted the ball under the keeper.

The hosts started the second half strongly as they dominated possession and extended their lead when Emi Chaivetto curled a 20-yard free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner.

Kieran Clayton than added the fourth when his strike from 25 yards went through the keeper’s legs.

Melton Mowbraty 5-1 Cottesmore Amateurs EMN-151229-121419002

Melton Mowbraty 5-1 Cottesmore Amateurs EMN-151229-121419002

And Baker completed the rout when he burst from midfield and past a defender before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the net.

MMSportspics man-of-the-match: David Hazeldine.

Melton: Cragg, Bishop (Lapworth), Chaivetto, Palfreyman, Cooper, Mann, Baker, Clayton (Myring), Hazeldine, Aaron Black, Foster (Newton). Subs not used: Rose, Ryan Black.

* Melton are at home once again on Saturday when they entertain Earl Shilton at Asfordby Acres. Kick-off 2pm.