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Improving Melton HC Firsts push leaders to the limit

Chris Foode clears the ball for Melton First XI in their 3-2 defeat to Bridgnorth PHOTO: Tim Williams To buy this photo, call (01664) 410041 or visit www.meltontimes.co.uk

Chris Foode clears the ball for Melton First XI in their 3-2 defeat to Bridgnorth PHOTO: Tim Williams To buy this photo, call (01664) 410041 or visit www.meltontimes.co.uk

Midlands Division One

MELTON HC FIRST XI 2 BRIDGNORTH HC FIRST XI 3

MELTON gave themselves hope after producing an encouraging performance, despite defeat, against the league leaders on Saturday.

The home side took 10 minutes to get to grips with the intensity of play and, as usual, conceded an early goal.

But Melton responded well and started using the width well to penetrate the Bridgnorth back line. A quick free hit was worked to the over-lapping McQuillan who drove around the back and coolly squared a pass to Brooks who was composed enough to calmly flick the ball into the top corner.

Melton now found themselves with the upper hand as Randall, Eden and Sibun controlled things in the middle of the park.

Melton’s patience with the ball and the forward running of Smith, Brooks and Kendall started to create gaps in the Bridgnorth back line, and they found themselves in front on 25 minutes.

The ball was switched left to Foode whose pass found Kendall on the byline. His silky skills took him past two defenders before firing home from an unlikely angle.

Melton were enjoying plenty of possession, but just before half-time gave away a short corner. The initial shot was well-saved by Eden in goal, but the rebound was dispatched and the scores were level.

Melton came out for the second half with a spring in their step after playing some of their best hockey of the season.

A couple of short corner chances went begging for Melton before Bridgnorth hit them on the counter-attack, winning their first short corner midway through the second half.

They worked the ball around keeper Eden and a good save on the line by Randall was wrongly adjudged to have hit his foot. Bridgnorth dispatched the penalty flick, giving Eden no chance.

Melton continued to play decent hockey, but chances kept going begging. Bridgnorth won another short corner with 10 minutes to go. Another good routine saw them round Eden again, but the ball was again adjudged to have hit Randall on the line and another penalty flick was given.

This time Eden was equal to the challenge and made a smart save. Melton continued to press forward, but just lacked the clinical finishing touch.

Melton: Eden, Hewitt, Snow, Judge, Foode, C. Eden, Randall, Sibun, Brooks, Smith, Herickx, Kendall, McQuillan.

 

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