Leics Senior League: Caterpillar 0-2 Melton Mowbray

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Melton began the new year where they left off in 2014 with their 10th consecutive league win which lifted them four points clear at the top.

Melton met in-form opponents, who lay sixth in the table, on a difficult, bumpy playing surface which didn’t help Melton’s slick passing game.

The visitors adapted very quickly, and when Adam Bishop burst down the left wing and played a great ball across the six-yard box, Aaron Black blasted over when faced with a tap-in.

Melton continued to boss the game and Leon Fray made a great run from his own half, but shot over the bar after a neat one-two with Jack Baker on the edge of the box.

The breakthrough came on 17 minutes when Bishop collected the ball on the edge of the area and hit a fine strike into the top corner.

Bishop almost immediately doubled his tally, but was unlucky to see his shot come hit the post after a defence-splitting pass from Aidan Black.

Baker also shot narrowly wide when Aaron Black squared the ball from another jinxing run.

Caterpillar started the second half more positively, but Cragg looked comfortable in goal, claiming every cross.

With the well-organised defence of the Fray brothers, Tom Cooper and Aidan Black first to every ball, the hosts didn’t look like equalising.

Palfreyman was denied by a decent save when put clean through, but the ball fell kindly for Bishop who coolly lofted the ball over the back-pedalling keeper from 25 yards.

Caterpillar fought hard, but Melton constantly won back possession as the midfield trio of Mann, Clayton and Baker worked tirelessly.

Bishop, Palfreymen and Baker were replaced by Stainsby, Stapleton and Hazeldine for the final 25 minutes as the visitors secured another three points with a great overall team performance.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Melton Building Society, was Adam Bishop.

Mowbray: Cragg. Levi Fray, Aidan Black, Cooper, Leon Fray, Mann (c), Aaron Black, Baker (Stapleton), Palfreyman (Hazeldine), Bishop (Stainsby), Clayton. Subs not used: Love. Tattersall.