Having learned on Friday that the result of our abandoned game v Wimborne would stand, the Larks travelled to Melksham with their confidence high.
A bright start for the Larks served as a warning to Melksham as Max Williams received a good ball from Archie Ferris and fired a trademark low drive across the face of goal. About 10 minutes later Max did get on the scoresheet for the first time. The visitors were running the show and Dawid Regula forced a save from Joel Manning-Butler with a close range header. Ex-Lark Ben Brooks cut a lonely figure up front on his own and our defence kept him and the other Melksham forwards very quiet all game. Two goals in quick succession left the Larks pretty much out of sight at half time: Archie placed a towering header beyond Manning-Butler, assisted by the indefatigable Harvey Pritchard, and then right at the break Harvey himself grabbed a third.
The buoyant Larks carried on in the same style in the second period. Archie fired over the bar and as the Larks continued to attack the Melksham goal Max got a deserved brace to make it 4-0. The screw was tightened even further five minutes before full time when new signing Andreas Smolka was introduced for his debut. On virtually his first touch he collected a superb ball into the box from Jack Camm and scored our fifth. Mwaruwari Benjani got a consolation goal for Melksham very late on, but in truth this was the Larks’ day.
Man of the match: Harvey Pritchard.
To round off a fine weekend for the club, the Development team beat Faringdon Town 4-0 in the Wilts League cup to reach the semis of a competition of which they are currently the holders.