Melton Foxes hit Knighton Park for six

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Wet and windy conditions didn’t seem to bother the Foxes as they hit a spirited Knighton Park side for six.

Within a minute Toby Lumb linked well with Sam Chipman, and Harry Window burst forward to test the keeper.

Lumb opened the scoring with a fine header, converting Chipman’s cross after good work from Joey Smith and Tom Fairbrother.

Knighton’s long ball approach provided easy pickings for Freddie Welch in defence as keeper Connor Gill had a quiet afternoon.

Max McCarthy put a powerful shot just wide after being freed by Smith as Melton’s neat, quick passing caused problems. And when Window beat his defender he set up Lumb to double the lead.

Chipman’s long-range shot, after another good run from Fairbrother, almost found the target.

The second half saw Knighton struggle to get out of their half under intense pressure. Fairbrother drove forward at every opportunity and went close after a great run from the halfway line.

Smith and Chipman won every ball in the middle and man-of-the-match Lumb was played in again to complete his hat-trick.

Several excellent corners from McCarthy went unrewarded with the post saving the home side. Window and Lumb were running riot from some excellent through balls and when the Rangers defence stood still, Lumb found himself one-on-one with the keeper, slotting home for 4-0.

And from Chipman’s pinpoint pass, Lumb sweetly chipped the keeper for his fifth goal.

Smith tried his luck from distance before Lumb’s cross was met by Chipman’s head to make it 6-0 to cap a fantastic performance given the conditions.

Foxes: C. Gill, J. Smith, F. Welch, T. Fairbrother, S. Chipman (c), M. McCarthy, H. Window, T. Lumb.