Big win over Melville

Waihi Leader - - News - By JAMES HEFFIELD

A hat-trick of goals from Vin­cent Fran­sham helped Waihi to a 6-0 win over Melville in their Waikato B league clash at Waihi Col­lege on Satur­day.

Waihi dom­i­nated the match and re­peat­edly put Melville un­der pres­sure through breaks down both flanks.

Player-coach Richard James opened the scor­ing early in the first half with a beau­ti­fully placed shot into the top left corner.

He then added a sec­ond goal 10 min­utes later when he scored from close range after some im­pres­sive pass­ing in­ter­play with fel­low striker Aaron Parks. Waihi’s third goal came care of Fran­sham, who re­ceived a well-weighted through-ball from James be­fore sprint­ing away from Melville’s chas­ing de­fend­ers and knock­ing it past the Melville keeper and into the goal.

Waihi’s half-time talk fo­cused on keep­ing the in­ten­sity go­ing, and the team re­sponded well. Aodhan Balemi made an in­ci­sive run down the right flank mid-way through the half and de­liv­ered an inch­per­fect cross to Fran­sham, who headed it into the net in style.

Parks made it 5-0 late in the half when he ham­mered home a short pass from James, be­fore Fran­sham fin­ished off his hat-trick by beat­ing the keeper at the near post with a pow­er­ful shot.

The win ex­tends Waihi’s win­ning streak in the league to five games.

A vic­tory against Claude­lands Wally’s next week­end should mean Waihi move into first or sec­ond spot on the ta­ble.

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