Melton Hockey: Fourths hold high-flying Warwick to draw

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Central Hockey League South East Division Two

MELTON FOURTH XI 1

WARWICK FIFTH XI 1

Melton returned to form after their heavy away defeat by drawing with second-placed Warwick.

Both teams fielded very different line-ups than the reverse fixture with five Melton players on third team duty. The hosts settled well and the strong spine of Taylor, Highton and Worsley dominated early on.

Highton provided excellent passes for forwards Whittaker, Welch and Buttery, but clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

As Warwick came more into the match, the makeshift defence of Shelton, Snow, Exton and Rockett were pushed into action, and the visitors went ahead with a rare flowing move as well-worked passes unlocked Melton’s defence.

The pattern continued after half-time and Whittaker was unlucky not to equalise shortly after the break.

In an open game, Melton finally drew level through Smith’s sharp finish to record his maiden goal for the club.

Chances remained scarce and despite fighting hard neither team could find the winner.

Melton’s young side can be pleased with their results against the league’s top teams, reflecting the progress they have made this season.

The team train this weekend ahead of their final league fixture on March 28.

Melton: J. Thompson, P. Taylor, M. Rockett, N. Shelton, H. Snow, G. Exton, G. Weatherdon, T. Cramphorn, S. Welch, C. Smith, N. Buttery, Z. Whittaker, C. Worsley, J. Highton.