BROTHER duo Craig and Mike Pritchard made a winning start to life in the southern hemisphere after making their debuts for a New Zealand-based side.

The talented forward-minded pair turned out for Melville United in their Chatham Cup derby against Claudelands Rovers on Saturday following their official registration on May 16, and they both played a significant part in a resounding 7-0 triumph for their new club.

Mike turned out for Rhyl FC in the Huws Gray Alliance last season following a spell at JD Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids, with Craig moving south of the equator after a successful season under Craig Hogg at Colwyn Bay.

Former Llandudno striker Marc Evans, who is the club’s record goal-scorer, put United ahead on seven minutes following a goalkeeping error, before the same player teed up ex-Rhyl and Denbigh Town standout Josh Davies to double their advantage with 11 on the clock.

Craig Pritchard was proving to be a huge hit in his first start and he marked his debut with a dazzling goal on 42 minutes, cutting in from the left to find the net after an outstanding attacking move.

Liam Steffert, Logan Wisnewski and Evans added good second half goals, while the best of the day came from sub Harry Christensen Rose, who capitalised on a beautiful build-up by Craig and Evans to strike from the right on 80 minutes.

Mike Pritchard also made a considerable impression after coming off the bench and promises to offer a great deal to the set-up once he returns to full fitness, with Craig’s display earning him the Man of the Match.

Co-coach Sam Wilkinson, said: “He (Craig Pritchard) really linked the play and showed glimpses of what he will bring to Melville.”