League leaders Melbourn prevail in seven-goal thriller with Cherries
Melbourn remain on top of the Cambridgeshire Mead & Plant Division Three A table after a nail-biting 4-3 win at Cherry Hinton A on Saturday.
The visitors came out of the blocks quickly, causing all kinds of trouble to the Cherries’ back four, and within a couple of minutes found themselves one up.
Following some excellent work down the right wing from Cameron Short, his cross found Jason Gray who squared to strike partner Danny Moore and his deflected shot found the net.
The Cherries had barely been in the Melbourn half in the first 30 minutes but with their first attack they managed to level the scores when their striker finished well into the corner.
Melbourn didnt panic as they knew it was only a matter of time before they would score again as they was creating lots of chances.
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A lovely ball from Ali Flack found Moore outside the box and, with lots of work still to do, he managed to turn three defenders and curl a fine effort home.
Melbourn went 3-1 up halfway through the second half.
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Moore’s delivery found Gray just inside the box and he volleyed into the roof of the net leaving the keeper no chance.
The Cherries managed to pull a goal back against the run of play.
A shot through a crowd of players found its way into the net.
Melbourn then had Lees to thank for remaining in front.
The Cherries striker latched onto a ball over the top with only the keeper to beat but Lees perfectly timed his tackle to stop the shot from 15 yards out.
Soon after Melbourn hit the Cherries on the counter-attack and Moore was brought down just outside the box.
Webb’s sweetly-struck free-kick left the keeper flapping at thin air as the ball hit the net.
Melbourn thought it was game over but the Cherries had other ideas.
A long-range effort found the bottom corner setting up a nervy couple of minutes but Melbourn saw the game out and deservedly picked up all three points.
There was a few stand-out performances from Saturday’s game especially from Moore whose skill and pace caused problems all game long.
Also the tireless Short whose strength and energy saw him cover every inch of the pitch a few times over.
Melbourn are in cup action on Saturday as they host Steeple Reserves.