Street were at the wrong end of of a 8 goal thriller as Melksham took all 3 points to end Street’s winning run. In truth the game could of been any scoreline with chances going begging especially for Street but Melksham were more clinical on the day to move level on points with the Cobblers.
In front of a big crowd Jamie Short gave Street the lead in the 3rd minute when he outpaced the Melksham left back and slammed his effort into the far corner. Dave O’Hare was next to try his luck from distance but his effort was easily saved. Melksham were back on level terms on 28 minutes when Tom Punchard could only partially blocked an effort from Reece Rusher and Neikell Plummer was on hand to stab the ball home.
Moments later Melksham won a penalty when Leigh Bailey was adjudged to of handled in the box. It was Plummer again that scored as he sent the resulting spot kick into the far corner. Street were further behind as Rob Hobbs scored on the stroke of half time latching onto a Plummer back heel and slotting past Punchard.
Street were resurgent after half time and straight away Ross McErlain headed over a Short corner when well placed and a Steve Murray lobbed effort from the edge of the box was only just clawed away. It was 3-2 on 52 minutes when Craig Herrod fired in a brilliant effort from distance giving the GK no chance. Street then had three great chances to equalise, first Ed Butcher skilfully skipped into the box but dragged his effort wide with the goal gaping. Phil Ormrod headed over a Josh Bennett right wing cross and then the same player fired high and wide from 8 yards out.
Street were hit with a sucker punch when on the break a fierce drive by Plummer cannoned off the post and Hobbs was on hand to force the ball over the line. With Street throwing men forward Melksham broke and Brad Norris found himself one on one with Punchard and made no mistake to make it 5-2. Street kept playing and Lewis Waldy made it 5-3 with the goal of the game when he smashed in a brilliant effort from 25 yards that flew into the top corner.
Wasn’t to be for the Cobblers on the day but a great game non the less.
Man of the match Matt Hurley
Next up is a home game with high flying Blackfield and Langley next Saturday, another terrific game in prospect!
Big crowd treated to plenty of goals!
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