MELVILLE City men recorded a solid 5-0 win over Curtin-Trinity Pirates at Duracraft Stadium on Saturday night, and are now sitting just outside the top five on goal difference.
Melville established a strong territorial advantage early in the game, making several early chances and dominating at the back through strong play from Pat Lawther and Alex Wenn.
Matthew Willis broke the deadlock with a rebound from a penalty corner and Melville took a 1-0 lead into the half time break.
Melville’s patience and persistence was rewarded in the second half, with a second goal to Willis, one to Mark Brodie and two to Justin McDougall, the second of which capped off some fine individual work from Frank Reynolds.
Coach Russell Lee said he was extremely pleased with his side’s performance.
“Curtin play a strong, contested brand of hockey, and I was very pleased with our discipline and the evenness of our performance,” he said.
“Four wins from our last five games has us reasonably placed after a slow start, but we need to keep performing as we did on Saturday to make sure we achieve our goal of playing finals this year.”
The women took on North Coast Raiders and ground out a very important 1-0 win to move to sixth on the ladder.