Hockey: Melville City out of relegation trouble after 3-2 win over Old Guildford-Mundaring

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MELVILLE City Hockey Club completed its escape from relegation with a hard fought 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Old Guildford-Mundaring at Morris Buzzacot Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Whoever lost the game would be joining North Coast Raiders in the relegation playoffs, so both teams had everything to play for.

Melville started the game strongly and converted two penalty corner goals in the first half, one a direct flick by Matthew Willis and the other a rare Kyle McNess rebound goal.

Guildford dominated the first 15 minutes after half time and it was no surprise to see them drag one goal back halfway through the second half.

Willis then scored his second with 10 minutes to go to restore the lead, and Melville controlled the rest of the game despite a Guildford consolation goal with 20 seconds left on the clock.

After the game Melville coach Russell Lee, who is stepping down from coaching next year, cut a relieved figure.

“Both sides were desperate to win, and the pressure made for some bad decision making and an ugly game,” he said.

“That said, an ugly win is still a win, and I am very pleased for the supporters at the club, who were out in force today, that we managed the win.

“There will be changes in coaching and playing personnel over the summer, so this gives us the chance to play to last game together as a group with no pressure before the team takes a different path next year.”

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