Melton Town vs Leicester City Women showcase draws big crowd

Melton Town and Leicester City Women pose for a mixed team picture before their landmark match EMN-190717-141147002
Melton Town and Leicester City Women pose for a mixed team picture before their landmark match EMN-190717-141147002
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A gate of almost 150 turned out at Melton Town on Tuesday evening for their ground-breaking fixture with Leicester City Women.

Following on from their 2-1 defeat to Premier Division side Deeping Rangers on Friday, Town gave minutes to a squad of 19 as they beat the FA Women’s Championship side 4-0.

Cameron Gilchrist leads Melton out with mascots EMN-190717-141209002

Cameron Gilchrist leads Melton out with mascots EMN-190717-141209002

But like all pre-season matches, the performance and the minutes on the pitch carried greater weight for the two managers than the result.

The match is believed to have been a first and was another tick for Town’s ambition to attract greater interest in the club from the wider town.

“It couldn’t have gone any better really, and the whole thing was a good occasion,” said Melton manager Tom Manship.

“They gave us a good game and I think their manager was really pleased with the outcome.

The pre-match formalities EMN-190717-141220002

The pre-match formalities EMN-190717-141220002

“We gave them respect, and for our players the match served its purpose really well. I would be keen to repeat the fixture again.”

A demanding pre-season schedule next pits Melton against Midland Football League Premier side Gresley on Thursday followed by a rematch with County Cup winners Heather St Johns on Tuesday before a Notts County XI visit next Thursday.

All matches are at home and kick off at 7.30pm.

Chris Hibbitt in possession for Town EMN-190717-141158002

Chris Hibbitt in possession for Town EMN-190717-141158002

More than 150 paid at the gate for Melton's latest pre-season fixture EMN-190717-141231002

More than 150 paid at the gate for Melton's latest pre-season fixture EMN-190717-141231002