League leaders Melton followed their 4-0 cup quarter-final win over GNG with another good performance at Dunton on Saturday.
Playing uphill in the first half and on a boggy pitch, Melton struggled to get their passing game going and surrendered possession several times which gave the hosts plenty of confidence as their pacy forward caused problems.
Dunton took a surprise lead after 20 minutes when Melton wasted a throw-in deep in Dunton’s half. Against a swift counter-attack, Leon Fray looked like he would clear the ball in his own area, but chested the ball down to Richards who lobbed the advancing keeper Cragg to open the scoring.
This sprang Melton into life. Aaron Black had the ball in the net moments later only to be ruled offside by the linesman.
The visitors battled to find the equaliser, but couldn’t break down a stubborn defence with Stainsby and Palfreyman both going close.
Melton finally got their goal on the stroke of half-time when Kieron Clayton’s 20-yard shot was parried by the keeper and Palfreyman was reacted quickest to fire into the roof of the net.
Mowbray started the second half at a better tempo and Ash Palfreyman put the visitors ahead early on with a fantastic strike. Palfreyman flicked the ball up and hit an unstoppable volley from 25 yards which flew in off the underside of the bar.
A great third goal followed after a slick passing move as Palfreyman played in Stainsby who turned neatly and finished into the far corner of the net.
Melton soon added a fourth when Stainsby dispossessed the centre-half and when clean through unselfishly squared the ball for Black who beat the keeper with a simple tap-in.
Ash Palfreyman then completed his hat-trick when Aaron Black was fouled in their box. Palfreyman sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it five goals in two games.
Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Williamson Air Conditioning, was Ash Palfreyman.
Mowbray: Cragg, M. Palfreyman (Levi Fray), Aidan Black, Cooper, Leon Fray, Mann (c) (Bishop), Baker, Clayton, Stainsby (Hazeldine), Aaron Black, Ash Palfreyman.
* Melton will be re-united with former skipper and club stalwart Rob Grant when they travel to local rivals Cottesmore on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).