Watters and Edmans seal Melbourn win
PUBLISHED: 14:03 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010
Wilbraham 1 Melbourn 2 MICK Walker's men extended their unbeaten run to 17 games as they progressed to the fourth round of the Junior Challenge Cup after a tightly fought game against Wilbraham.
Melbourn started brightly and inside 10 minutes Kris Watters
Wilbraham 1 Melbourn 2
MICK Walker's men extended their unbeaten run to 17 games as they progressed to the fourth round of the Junior Challenge Cup after a tightly fought game against Wilbraham.
Melbourn started brightly and inside 10 minutes Kris Watters had a glorious opportunity deflected over by a Wilbraham defender when a goal looked the more likely outcome.
The striker didn't have long to wait before opening his account for the day though thanks to Melbourn's persistence when midway through the first half he executed a superb diving header to knock the ball past the stranded Wilbraham keeper.
The goal had been set up by Andrew Gray who dribbled through midfield before clipping a neat reverse ball into the middle of the box which Watters latched on to after beating the offside trap.
Minutes later Melbourn should have doubled their lead when Gray once again sliced the defence open to find Thomas Barton alone in the box but after several touches his tame effort was easily saved by the keeper.
It proved a costly miss as on their next attack Wilbraham equalised when Scott Adam pounced to slot home a rebound after a scuffed effort had hit the post after beating keeper Glenn Pearse in the Melbourn goal.
Melbourn then allowed themselves to be dragged into a scrappy game and again missed a glorious opportunity to retake the lead when Andrew Morris broke free only to drag his effort across the face of goal.
Following a tongue lashing from Walker, Melbourn came our in the second half hoping to get their noses in front and kill the game off but again they seemed to get dragged into scrappy tussles.
Ten minutes into the half Barton made way for Lee Edmans and after only three minutes Edmans had found the net.
Neat play from Jason Gray and Andy Richardson found Watters who flicked the ball into the area for Morris and his low cross was then met by Edmans who slotted home comfortably for his first goal for the first team.
Wilbraham upped their efforts and made it an uncomfortable half-hour for Melbourn and Glenn Pearse, who had not had much to do all game, was called upon to make two fantastic saves.
The first with 20 minutes to go was an excellent dive to steer the ball around the post after Melbourn had backed off and allowed too much space for the shot and the second effectively won the match with 10 minutes to go.
The Wilbraham forward line broke and as the winger was played clean through, Pearse stood tall to make an excellent save with his feet to keep Melbourn in the lead, and ensure extra time was not needed.
Melbourn will face Thorney in the fourth round of the Junior Challenge Cup this Saturday.