Chapmans Motherwell 1st XI began their National League Division 3 campaign on Saturday with a 3 – 1 win over fellow promotion rivals Erskine Stewart’s Melville. Chapmans put in an efficient performance to start the season and will be hoping to build on this early victory in the coming weeks. Despite the comfortable score-line Motherwell were made to work for the three points by a well-organised and competitive Erskine side who capitalised on their early pressure by taking the lead midway through the first half after some sharp counter – attacking play. However, the home side responded well, winning several short corners, eventually restoring parity on the stroke of half time when Ian Mathie pounced on a strike from Chris Mitchell that had been parried by the keeper.
Chapmans started the second period the way they ended the first by continuing to attack the strong Erskine defence and once again the visitors resistance was broken ten minutes after the restart when Andy Liddle finished from close range after a clever passing move in the area between Chris Timlin and Chris Mitchell exposed the Erskine backline. In spite of a brave Erskine fight back, Chapmans held strong in defence with some brilliantly timed challenges by sweeper Karl Reilly and some fine reflex saves from Robert Black. In the end, Motherwell sealed the victory close to full time with a superb individual effort from Liddle who intelligently turned the defender and rounded the keeper to slot home and cap an excellent afternoon for Chapmans.