United Counties League: Melton Town slip up at Bugbrooke

Co-manager Shane Jarram (right) took charge at Bugbrooke while Steve Hendey (left) took a week off EMN-171017-085749002
Co-manager Shane Jarram (right) took charge at Bugbrooke while Steve Hendey (left) took a week off EMN-171017-085749002
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Melton Town fell to a disappointing defeat at lowly Bugbrooke on Saturday as their inconsistent form continued.

Having produced a fantastic display the previous Saturday in beating league leaders Raunds, but then lost to Lutterworth in midweek, the trip to Northamptonshire was a chance to revive their league campaign against a side which started the day on the bottom three.

Jack Baker was a big presence in midfield, but Town were unable to fashion a golden chance for the forwards EMN-171017-085736002

Jack Baker was a big presence in midfield, but Town were unable to fashion a golden chance for the forwards EMN-171017-085736002

When the sides met last season, Melton were in a lowly league position, while Bugbrooke were leading the way so Town turned up not quite knowing what to expect.

Manager Steve Hendey was absent due to family commitments, giving co-manager Shane Jarram the chance to take the reins.

He gave George Vernon his first full start for the team and he led from the front, setting up a few good moves only for Zak Ginvert and Tom Byrne to narrowly miss.

Melton continued to pressure with Jack Baker commanding the midfield, but as the half wore on Bugbrooke slowly got more and more into the game with both Town full-backs Brooks and Sheridan having to thwart attack after attack.

At half-time, Bugbrooke could reflect they had had the best of the play, but the visitors had created the batter chances.

The second half started pretty much as the first half had finished with Ginvert and Byrne trying to pierce Bugbrooke’s defence.

Then on the hour mark just as Town were getting on top Bugbrooke broke down the right and a quick low cross found St Michaels top scorer Michael Morrow free in the six-yard box to tap in the opening goal.

George Coser and Matt Hendey were introduced from the bench which certainly spiced things up.

The final half-an-hour was reminiscent of England versus Slovenia as Melton conjured up attack after attack without really producing an end product.

Town forced eight corners in the last 20 minutes, with Hibbitt and Hendey going close with headers, but Bugbrooke defended with 10 men behind the ball to see out the game out and collect the points.

It is back to the drawing board for Melton as they try and get their season back on track on Saturday with the visit of unbeaten Potton United to Digital Deadline Park (kick-off 3pm).

Then on Tuesday, Melton are in cup action as they travel to Lutterworth Town for round two of the Leicestershire FA County Senior Cup (kick-off 7.30pm).