Melton Fourth XI continued their fine run of form to leapfrog visitors Rugby and East Warwicks into sixth place in Central League Division Two (South East).
Playing in difficult, cold and windy conditions, both teams struggled to play decent hockey in the first half.
Melton had the better of the play and more chances, but despite a series of penalty corners after sharp wing play by Riley, incisive passing by Cramphorn and the impressive Welch in only his second game, Melton couldn’t break through in the first half.
The hosts were indebted to keeper Smith for an athletic save to keep the scores level at half-time.
Melton were much improved after the break, doing the basics much better and with better movement and support.
The effort was rewarded five minutes into the half when Buttery provided the first of two assists with a ball to the back post where Whittaker drove in for his maiden goal for Melton.
The home side continued to dominate with Exton providing support to the forwards and full-backs Parker and Curtis driving forward.
Riley made it 2-0, driving home another incisive pass into the D, and the third soon followed when Taylor’s skilful run ended with a deft flick into the net.
Hacking and Snow drove the team further forward from central defence, but the team could not add to their tally.
But the scoreline was a fair reflection as a settled and rapidly developing team enjoyed their third win of the season.
Melton: J. Smith, M. Curtis, C. Parker, G. Exton, G. Hacking, H. Snow, J. Riley, N. Buttery, T. Cramphorn, J. Welch, Z. Whittaker, C. Smith, P. Taylor.