East Midlands Premier
MELTON HC SECOND XI 4 SOUTH NOTTINGHAM SECOND XI 3
A TOP-versus-bottom league clash rarely turns out to be straightforward, and so it proved for leaders Melton.
The hosts started with a changed team and a man short, and for 10 minutes South Notts dominated and went ahead from a right wing shot when keeper Taylor was left exposed by Melton’s absent defence.
Back to full-strength, Melton rallied with their only good five minutes of the game. A fluid passing move and Ross’ slipped pass left Creed with a simple tap-in.
Melton then led through Creed’s deflected shot from captain Garratt’s straight ball into the D. The Notts keeper was in inspired form and made a stunning double save to deny Leighton Davies.
As half-time approached Notts, always dangerous on the counter-attack, had a controversial goal disallowed when a shot from the winger was deflected inside the D and into the goal by Garratt, but the initial cross was deemed to be lifted.
The second half was fairly scrappy with both keepers denying good chances. But Melton’s overwhelming pressure finally told with two quick goals. Creed secured his hat-trick after a one-two from a short corner, and from a deliberate foot in the D, Davies scored from the spot.
Indecision and concentration lapses crept into Melton’s game as midfield and defence were caught upfield.
A smart passing move left Melton keeper Taylor with no chance, and a short corner led to an own goal into the roof of the net by Hacking.
But Melton held on to extend their 100 per cent record to seven matches.
Melton: P. Taylor, G. Hacking, D. Poyzer, S. Moore, L. Cuthbert, D. Garratt, L. Davies, J. Leeman, J. Creed, D. Ross, A. Brown.