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Melville looking for an Easter uprising

Melville will need a resurrection of Easter-like proportions when they play Mt Albert Ponsonby at Anderson Park at 3pm on Monday, after a 0-2 home loss to a tidy Western Springs team.

But students of northern league eschatology might not find it too far fetched that Melville might come back from the dead – or at least two consecutive northern league losses in which they have not scored – against the Alberts because overall they played quite well in a close tussle, contested at a good clip.

Melville need not be paralysed by analysis of this match. They will play worse this season and still win.

The match was the first back on Gower No 1, largely unaffected by weeks of cyclones, and the match attracted one of the larger crowds of recent times.

But for the second successive home game kick-off was delayed through referees being late to arrive.

Melville had their chances, but in a game of fine margins, did not find the back of the net and George Debenham gave Springs a 30th minute lead, cutting in from the left.

Melville dominated possession in the second half but were punished by cheap surrender of possession for James Debenham to make it 2-0 in the 81st minute and leave them with double “Deb” debt despair.

Young midfielder Liam Steffert was named player of the day for Melville in his first start of the season. Steven Holloway left the pitch in the final five minutes with a hamstring tear as he contemplated a shooting opportunity. Patrick Hinchcliffe was still out injured.

Afterwards Springs coach Neil Emblen congratulated Melville on their good play, but was more than happy to take three points after losing on the club’s three previous trips to Gower.

Melville co-coach Sam Wilkinson had no complaints about the loss.

“We can feel sorry for ourselves or roll our sleeves up and start again from Monday,” he said.

Mt Albert Ponsonby beat Waitemata 4-3.

Meanwhile Melville Reserves continued their title charge with a 5-2 win over Springs. They led 5-0 at half time, with two goals from Thomas Mouncher (the likeable Mouncher) – including a spanking volley – and further strikes from Mo Glenister, Josh Nooijens and Joel McMullan.

Story and photo courtesy of Melville United