Senior League: Melton FC sink resurgent Allexton and New Parks

Jack Baker EMN-160323-112609002
Jack Baker EMN-160323-112609002
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Allexton and New Parks started Saturday’s game very positively after their last-minute defeat to league leaders Sileby the previous week.

But Melton soon dealt with their aerial threat and direct approach with Leon Fray and Kieran Clayton again looking solid in the heart of defence.

The visitors started to take the game to Allexton with Jack Baker and Aidan Black making some surging runs from midfield which split their defence.

Emi Chiavetta was first to test the keeper when his 20-yard free-kick looked destined for the top corner, but the keeper saved well.

Ash Palfreyman then headed inches wide as Melton searched for the opening goal, and Kieran foster had a good opportunity when clear on goal, but again the keeper saved well.

The visitors opened the scoring after 25 minutes when a good move which started in their own half found David Hazeldine on the left. He unselfishly played the ball across goal for Foster to tap in.

Levi Fray went off injured, but was replaced at right-back by Tom Cooper and Melton dominated the rest of the half without increasing their lead.

The second half began in the same vein as Jack Baker continued to pull the strings in the centre of midfield.

But several more chances went begging as they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

Aidan Black finally broke the deadlock on the hour when he collected a good ball from Baker and rounded the keeper to score his 20th goal of the season.

Melton continued to boss the game and completed the scoring when keeper Cragg’s pinpoint kick picked out Gavin Williamson who raced clear and finished confidently with a rasping shot into the far corner.

Man-of-the-match, sponsored by Pukka Pies, was Jack Baker.

Melton: Cragg, Levi Fray (Cooper), Chiavetta, Leon Fray, Clayton, Mann (c), Baker, Aidan Black, Hazeldine (Myring), Palfreyman, Foster (Williamson).