Melton Town returned to winning ways yesterday with an emphatic 4-0 victory at home to Deeping Rangers.
Goals from Tom Manship, Owen Storey, Paul Anderson and Tyreace Palmer saw a first victory of the season for Town on the new surface at Sign Right Park since it opened in late November.
Melton started the match well, creating early chances and testing Dan Swan in the Rangers goal, finally making the breakthrough in the 24th minute. Player/Manager Manship struck from just inside the box when a Town shot wasn’t cleared.
Melton were back to winning ways on Saturday. Photo: NEMM
After being unlucky not to break their duck at home in their first two matches, Melton didn’t have to wait long for a second goal. Storey drove down the left, riding a challenge as he turned in to the box and shot across goal in to the far side of the net, courtesy of a deflection, with just 34 minutes on the clock.
Melton hold off a tackle against Deeping. Photo: NEMM
Deeping made a fight of it after the break, forcing good saves from Billy Harrison between the Town sticks, the young ‘keeper earning a first clean sheet at Melton Sports Village. Try as they might, Rangers never looked like getting back on level terms and the match was put out of reach with 20 minutes to play as Anderson sprung the offside trap and raced through, chipping the ball over Swan and in to the net for Melton’s third.
The team in action on Saturday. Photo: NEMM
Palmer finished the scoring in the final minute, heading home as the ball pinged around the Deeping box. The young forward had worked tirelessly all afternoon and deserved his reward, putting the cherry on top of a fantastic team effort.
There’s no rest for Manship and his team as they welcome Eastwood to Sign Right Park for a 19:45 KO on Tuesday evening.
Words by Sam Ellis