After the disappointing loss to lowly North Notts, Melton bounced back to beat Boots in a close match.
The opening exchanges were even with chances limited. Melton’s defence, with Brown outstanding, were composed, but keeper Worsley was forced into a couple of routine saves.
Melton failed to get in a telling shot from several short corners, but eventually broke the deadlock when a good advantage from umpire Thompson allowed Merrison to push the ball home.
Boots struck back, but the Melton defence held firm.
The second half continued at a hectic pace with both sides playing some excellent hockey.
Boots attacked in numbers, but Melton were always dangerous on the break, and Creed eventually found his scoring touch when he rounded the centre-back to lash in a shot.
With a seemingly decisive margin, Melton relaxed and conceded a sloppy penalty corner which Boots converted.
The game then became fractious and both teams were warned by the umpires.
Davis was crudely fouled as he burst away and the resulting yellow card allowed Melton to run out winners with something to spare.
Melton: C. Worsley, J. Smith, A. Brown, S. Willatts, D. Herford, M. Smith, G. Hacking, M. Courtman, L. Davies, D. Merrison, J. Creed, B. Cheeseman, J. Garratt.