Leics Senior League: Melton Mowbray extend unbeaten run to nine against Barlestone

Melton Mowbray joint-managers Cliff Thornton (left) and Matt Curtis EMN-151013-110742002
Melton Mowbray joint-managers Cliff Thornton (left) and Matt Curtis EMN-151013-110742002
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Melton Mowbray FC extended their unbeaten run to nine games on Saturday when victory over Barlestone moved them up to fifth.

The visitors started the better as Melton continually gave away possession and Cragg had to make a great save to prevent the mid-table side from opening the scoring.

But after 20 minutes Melton started to rediscover their usual brand of passing football, and when a great ball from Cooper released Hazeldine, he rounded the keeper and tapped home.

Shannon Myring then played another defence-splitting ball for Tony Thorpe to run onto and he calmly shot past the helpless Barlestone keeper.

Levi Fray then made it three with a powerful header from a corner.

Thorpe then scored his second when Palfreyman’s pinpoint cross picked him out at the back post, and the former professional footballer smashed home a well-taken finish.

The home side then added their fifth goal when Hazeldine was played in by Cooper and he slotted past the keeper to cap an explosive 20-minute period from Melton.

Barlestone pulled a goal back just before half-time with a beautiful finish which lobbed over Cragg.

The visitors kicked off the second half and took the game to their hosts, and without three excellent saves from Cragg, may have found themselves back in the match.

Melton could have added to their lead, but the forwards continually ran offside.

Barlestone had the chance to have the final say when they were awarded a soft penalty with five minutes to go, but they put the spot kick wide.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by MM Sport Pics, was Levi Fray.

Melton: Cragg, Cooper, Lapworth, Fray, Clayton, Mann (c), Myring, Bishop, Thorpe (Hill), Hazeldine, Palfreyman.

* Melton are at home again on Saturday when they host GNG, who are level on points in sixth, at Asfordby Acres. Kick-off is 3pm.