Millwey Rise edged out by visiting St Martins
PUBLISHED: 20:48 09 December 2018 | UPDATED: 20:48 09 December 2018
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Sometimes the football gods smile on you and sometimes they don’t and, for their home game with St Martins Reserves, Millwey Rise found those ‘higher powers’ most certainly not in their camp, writes Dick Sturch.
With the St Martin’s first team, a Peninsula League outfit, without a game, the visitors fielded a team on the day that appeared to be far better than their lowly position indicated. Having said that, it was Millwey who began the game with a positive approach, almost taking a fifth minute lead with some intricate passing that led to the ball flashing across the area without the necessary contact to convert it into a goal. Sadly, this was to be a reoccurring theme throughout the match.
Twelve minutes in, Millwey were punished for some slack marking and fell behind, The goal, together with a shot that produced a smart save from Brett Garner, were the only threats on the Millwey goal during the half. There were so many opportunities for the home side to equalise that were either squandered or pushed away by the goalkeeper.
Five minutes into the second period Millwey equalised through Mark Pike who forced home Nathan Womrsley’s cross, but after this it was much of the play was similar of what had happened in the first half – missed opportunities, or the keeper preventing Millwey taking the lead.
Dave Bridges had a firm shot turned round the post and then a Womersley strike was pushed away. The opportunities tallied up throughout the half then as so often happens in the final few minutes the visitors only shot on target of the half hit the back of the net! This was a real blow to a Millwey side that had done more than enough to win the game.
The team in general played some very attractive football, but lacked the finishing touch needed to get the ball in the net. Alex Rockett was solid in the middle of the defence breaking up any sign of a threat to the Millwey goal. The first team are without a game this coming Saturday.
The Rise second team went down 2-0 at Central Reserves, shipping a goal in each half. For Millwey, the back four played well and the Man of the Match was Imran Chowdury (sponsored by Seaton Carpets) while young goalkeeper Tom Donnan continues to impress. Next up for the second team is a Saturday (December 15) visit to Devon Yeoman in Exeter.