A very close encounter saw Melton Hockey Club Fourth XI come away from West Bridgford with three points.
An experienced Bridgford side took the game to Melton from the start and only good defence from Randall, Parker and Taylor, and some good saves by Cliffe, kept the home side out.
Having weathered the initial storm, the visitors grew into the game. Strong running from Frederick and Exton, allied to the skill of Pateman, set up several chances and Whitaker was unlucky not to get on the end of a teasing cross.
After a spell of concerted pressure, Melton took the lead when the experienced Taylor converted a chance.
The second half was equally close, but youngsters Wells, Harris and Smith worked really hard to make up for their relative inexperience of league hockey. Melton were very much on the back foot, but Buttery and Foster were always dangerous up front.
It came as no surprise when Bridgford equalised from a deflection which gave Cliffe no chance.
Both sides continued to attack and Melton would probably have settled for a point, but a late attack found Exton unmarked and he converted the chance to seal a fortunate victory.
Melton: L. Cliffe, J. Randall, P. Taylor, J. Harris, S. Foster, G. Exton, P. Fredrick, Z. Whitaker, C. Smith, H. Snow, N. Buttery, C. Parker, A. Wells, S. Pateman.