Melton bounced back from their defeat to league leaders Birstall with a win which moved them up to fifth in the Senior League Premier.
Managers Cliff Thornton and Matt Curtis were given a major blow before kick-off when Richard Cragg was ruled out with illness, while captain lee Mann was out with a broken toe and David Hazeldine and Shannon Myring were unavailable.
Striker Steff Stapleton replaced Cragg in goal and Melton also handed a debut to Kieran Foster fresh from his move from Holwell.
The home side started in determined fashion with Aaron Black looking lively on the left flank as he teased the full-back.
And it was Black’s ball into the box which nearly created a dream start for Foster who glanced a header past the keeper, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.
Melton continued to dominate, but Ashby’s keeper was in fine form as he brilliantly tipped Palfreyman’s effort over the bar.
The hosts were probably a little fortunate just before half-time when keeper Stapleton looked to have brought down Ashby’s forward in the area, but the referee allowed play to continue rather than award a penalty.
Still on level terms, Ashby started the second half as the better team and had two great chances to open the scoring as Melton were caught napping. But the visitors blasted both efforts wide.
Melton made a change, bringing on Jack Baker, and this seemed to work immediately with Baker having a good effort saved and bossing the midfield with man-of-the-match Lapworth.
The hosts finally made the break through when Aaron Black was fouled on the edge of the area and Palfreyman stepped up to smash home the free-kick from 20 yards, giving the keeper no chance.
Melton then added a second when Black’s free-kick from the right broke to Kieran Clayton in the box who prodded home.
Before long it was 3-0 when Aaron Black played a good ball into the box from the left and debutant Foster ran onto the cross to neatly head past the Ashby keeper.
Melton: Stapleton, Fray, Cooper (c), Clayton, Chiavetta, Lapworth, Bishop (Baker), Aaron Black, Aidan Black, Palfreyman (Thorpe), Foster.