Melton Mowbray 7-0 Friar Lane and Epworth

Melton goalscorer Adam Bishop in possession during the 7-0 demolition of Friar Lane EMN-150113-095210002
Melton goalscorer Adam Bishop in possession during the 7-0 demolition of Friar Lane EMN-150113-095210002
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Melton put in an explosive performance on Saturday against Senior League title rivals Friar Lane to claim their 13th consecutive win.

The hosts started the game against the wind in poor conditions and were soon on the back foot as Friar Lane employed direct tactics.

Friar had their best chance after five minutes when Chapman’s effort hit the post, and moments later the league’s top scorer again found himself in space with only Cragg to beat, but the keeper made a brilliant save.

Melton finally started to find their rhythm with Aaron Black forcing a good save before Kieran Clayton opened the scoring on 20 minutes, turning home Lee Mann’s corner on the volley from six yards.

The hard-working home side continued to dominate with Bishop chipping just over and then hitting a 25-yard free kick against the bar.

Bishop finally made it 2-0 after 37 minutes when Ash Palfreyman picked up the ball just inside the Friar Lane half and was allowed to turn and run into space. He forced a good save, but Bishop was on hand to head home the rebound.

Captain Lee Mann made some vital tackles and looked comfortable on the ball in midfield as Friar Lane started to lose their discipline with several players booked for bad challenges.

Melton saw out the half with Cooper and Fray again outstanding.

The visitors had to replace the injured Palfreyman for the second half with Stainsby. But they continued at a great tempo and soon added to the score when Bishop played in Aaron Black who finished into the far corner with a rasping drive.

Clayton drilled in a unstoppable shot from 10 yards out to make it four before Aaron Black netted his second of the match with a near identical goal to his first, this time assisted by his brother Aiden.

Some of Melton’s play was a delight to watch as they continued to press forward. Substitute Stapleton got in on the act when he raced clear and coolly slotted past the keeper.

The hosts were queuing up to score the seventh when Stapleton’s shot was saved and Stainsby rolled the ball square for Aiden Black to complete the rout.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Airport Direct, was Kieran Clayton.

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