Derby fever returns as Melton Town host Holwell Sports

Holwell Sports' Alfie Gaughan and George Coser
Holwell Sports' Alfie Gaughan and George Coser
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Bragging rights are back on the agenda next week with Melton Town and Holwell Sports set for the re-arranged derby clash.

A waterlogged pitch foiled the first match, late last month, and after further rain postponed Melton’s latest match on Tuesday, both teams will be hoping for a run of dry weather ahead of next Tuesday’s clash.

Leon Fray in action for Town EMN-191118-092009002

Leon Fray in action for Town EMN-191118-092009002

It is the teams’ first meeting in the United Counties League this season, and only their third-ever.

Melton won the inaugural league clash between the sides almost 12 months ago to the day, a 4-1 win played in freezing rain and a galeforce wind.

Town then completed the double in polar opposite sweltering conditions in April, winning 4-2 at Welby Road.

But Holwell have improved significantly since last season and both teams will go into the match on a decent run of form.

Tom Manship’s Town sit fifth and within two points of third-placed Aylestone after taking 17 points from a possible 21 in an unbeaten seven-match run in the league.

Neil Miller’s strengthened side, meanwhile, have lost just once in their last eight Division One fixtures, winning four, to shoot up to 11th after a rocky start to the season.

Kick-off at the Signright Park is 7.45pm.

But before then, Holwell are scheduled to travel to Blackstones on Saturday, while Melton host bottom side Lutterworth Athletic (kick-offs 3pm).