Melton Hockey Club beat Wellingborough as season resumes

James Hewitt in possession for Melton in their win over Wellingborough EMN-150126-114906002

James Hewitt in possession for Melton in their win over Wellingborough EMN-150126-114906002

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After last week’s postponement and winter break, Melton got back into action with a 5-3 victory over lowly Wellingborough.

Melton started at an intense pace and went ahead through Danny Kendall’s strike, assisted by Andrew Sibun. An unstoppable drag flick from O’Keith, supplied by Snow’s metronomic pass, then made it 2-0.

Melton nearly extended their advantage, but Bellamy misjudged the pace of the ball and put the ball in with his foot, and Sibun had a goal disallowed when he was wrongly adjudged to have used his foot.

Randall broke into the defensive area and found Pollard with a cunning reverse stick pass who rounded the keeper to finish in an empty net.

Melton extended their lead when Bellamy spotted a gap from a long corner, and fired the ball into the D. His pass was deflected by Kendall onto the keeper’s pads and the rebound was mopped up by Sibun.

Wellingborough pulled one back before half-time.

The second half was a different story as Wellingborough pulled back two goals early on, while Melton’s attacking decisions were questionable.

Several chances were squandered as Snow had an effort saved and a shot cleared off the line.

But Melton finally scored a fifth when Pollard trapped the ball after the Wellingborough keeper saved his shot, and left the ball for McCrack to fire into the corner.

Melton had several more disjointed attacks, but could not extend their lead.

Melton: P. McCrack, P. Bellamy, J. Judge, J. Hewitt, C. Eden, M. Snow, S. Pollard, R. Randall, J. Brooks, A. Sibun, D. Kendall.