Melton Mowbray set for crucial Senior League title test at Saffron

Aaron Black (second right) made it 28 goals for the season at Desford
Aaron Black (second right) made it 28 goals for the season at Desford
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Leading scorer Aaron Black will give new meaning to the phrase flying visit as Melton Mowbray gear up for a crucial title clash on Saturday.

Black is away on holiday, but is braced for an airport dash back to the county when his plane lands at Stansted on Saturday morning.

Senior League leaders Melton face a crunch game at third-placed Saffron Dynamo as they enter their final three games of the season.

Saffron trail by 12 points, but have five games in hand, while second-placed Sileby took advantage of Mowbray’s blank weekend to close the gap to three points with two games in hand.

Managers Matt Curtis and Cliff Thornton will also be without defender Levi Fray, but new signing Robbie Preira is available.

Ben Stainsby, who scored the winner against Saffron in January’s reverse fixture, also returns from suspension.

Curtis said: “We like to attack and we aren’t going to approach it any other way. It will come down to taking our chances.

“Saffron play counter-attacking football so we need to be mindful of that and not leave ourselves exposed.

“But if we turn up in the right frame of mind, I’m sure we will get the three points.

“We haven’t got many games left now so it’s out of our hands a little, but we just need to keep putting the points on the board.”