Bishop’s goal gets Melrose back on winning track

Melrose captain Amy Martin
Melrose captain Amy Martin

DEBUTANT Caitlin Bishop has scored on debut to put Melrose back on the winners list in women’s soccer.

It was the one-time favourites for the league title’s first win in a month and puts them in a clear third behind Diamonds and Boomers.

Bishop scored five minutes into the contest which then turned into a see-sawing battle with no clear chances.

Melrose captain Amy Martin said it was good to get a win.

“It has been a horrible month of football — two draws and a loss before today,” she said.

“But it was hard work, a really even game out there today, they kept coming at us looking for the goal right until the end.

“Our aim is to finish in the top three and that win today at least makes that more possible now.”

Martin said the long wet winter had made for tough conditions at Jelbart Park.

“The ground was very soft and choppy and there were some pretty tired legs at the end of the 90 minutes,” she said.

“It was a real team effort out there today but Teagan Martin was good in the centre of the park and Katelyn Seal up front kept on holding the ball up and creating chances.

“Katelyn started in centre midfield and we pushed her up to centre forward to give us a bit of drive in the second half and it worked pretty well in the end.”