Melton Mowbray FC shade Saffron Dynamo in Senior League top-of-the-table clash

Melton attempt to break through the Saffron rearguard EMN-150127-094049002
Melton attempt to break through the Saffron rearguard EMN-150127-094049002
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Ben Stainsby’s strike extended Melton’s winning run to 15 and condemned title rivals Saffron to only their second defeat of the season.

The result maintained Melton’s three-point lead over second-placed Sileby Town, and more importantly put clear daylight between themselves and the two other teams to have applied for promotion to step six: Saffron and Friar Lane.

The home side started at a terrific tempo and immediately put Saffron on the back foot. Two early penalty shouts were turned down when a Saffron defender handled in the area and when the keeper clipped Aaron Black.

Melton thought they had the lead when Clayton met a corner, but his effort was cleared off the line. The visitors posed a few threats in attack, but again Mowbray’s defence looked unbreakable with Leon Fray, in particular, looking very solid.

The only goal came after 28 minutes when Aidan Black collected the ball deep in his own half and burst past two Saffron players before playing the ball inside to Palfreyman.

He sent it wide to Aaron Black on the left who sprinted past his marker and found Baker. He glided around three players to the byline and pulled the ball across the six-yard box for Stainsby to finish a well-worked goal.

Melton continued to dominate up to half-time with stylish play and great endeavour, but couldn’t add to their tally.

The home side also started the second half at a good tempo as Stainsby forced a good save from the keeper.

Dynamo upped their game and started to ask more questions as they imposed themselves. But Melton stood tall with more resolute defending and Cragg made a wonderful save.

Yet it was still Mowbray who had the better chances to score with the keeper saving well again when Stainsby was put clean through on goal before the same player shot inches wide from 15 yards.

The visitors looked likely to nick a point late on when a Cragg save broke to a Saffron player who had a free shot at goal, but Fray somehow cleared off the line.

Melton held on to claim a vital three points and are yet to concede a goal in 2015.

On Saturday, they travel to mid-table Kirby Muxloe Reserves, the team who denied Melton the title on the final day of last season (ko 3pm).

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Thornton Tyres, was shared by Leon Fray and Ben Stainsby.

Melton: Cragg, Levi Fray, Aidan Black, Cooper (c), Leon Fray. Bishop (Stapleton), Aaron Black (Hazeldine), Baker, Clayton, Palfreyman, Stainsby.