Melton Hockey lose 100% win record

Leicester 4 vs Melton 1

Melton’s 100 percent record came to an end on Saturday, as they came down to earth with a bump.

It was a scrappy opening by both teams, although Melton did carve out a few half chances, with Dave Boyne, Andy Sibun, and Sam Pollard all testing the Leicester defence. However, despite the Reds racking up penalty corners, it was the home side that took the lead after a goal bound shot was blocked on the line illegally. The penalty stroke awarded was dispatched to make it one nil.

Melton's Andy Siburn & Sam Pollard.

Melton were struggling to get going and soon found themselves down to 9 men, with a little ill discipline resulting in a double sin-binning. Leicester took advantage and made the score two nil at half time.

Melton needed to improve in the second half, and at times they started to push the home side back. In fact, it was a little against the run of play that Leicester grabbed a third, after another penalty stroke was awarded in their favour.

Stung, although still a little dispirited, Melton finally began pushing on and the pressure told. A penalty corner routine from Rich Randall and Leo Guy found Andy Sibun open to score at the back post. A glorious comeback never materialised however, as Leicester repeatedly broke up play and committed some hefty fouls to slow Melton up. Eventually, Leicester had players sent off for repeat offences, but Melton had little time to make the most of it. In fact Leicester broke away and scored a good fourth goal to make the game secure.

Next week Melton return home determined to make sure this result was only a blip. They sit second in the table after four games, tied with the leaders who are now Leicester.

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