Millwey Rise lose two to the sin-bin but hit back to win at Feniton

PUBLISHED: 16:59 18 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:40 20 November 2018

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The continued improvement at Millwey Rise was underlined as they came back from two goals down to record a 4-3 win at Feniton Reserves in a Macron League Division Four meeting, writes Dick Sturch.

For the first 15 minutes, this game belonged to Millwey, who were playing attractive, fluid football all across the pitch and the only thing lacking was a goal!

Needless to say, against the run of play, a Feniton wide man crossed the ball which drifted on the wind beating Brett Garner and dropped under the bar to open the scoring.

There was then a spell of indeterminate play with both sides guilty of wayward passes before Feniton further increased their lead from an unchallenged header.

The visitors continued to move the ball around without ever producing a real threat on Feniton’s goal before the break. However, all that changed after the interval and, it must be recorded, in many ways, in farcical circumstances!

In the opening exchanges of the second half Millwey’s brother dup of Matt and Haydn Lewis were both ‘sin-binned’ for dissent, reducing the visitors to nine players for the next 10 minutes!

However, almost immediately upon being reduced by two of their number, Keith Forsey first latched onto a through-ball to beat the keeper and then rifled home a free-kick and, with nine players on the pitch, Millwey were level at 2-2!

Millwey continued to play some excellent passing football and a delightful through-ball from young Brad Conway fed Nathan Womersley who made no mistake and the game had been turned on its head!

With 25 minutes remaining, the hard-working Dave Bridges was replaced by James Rockett. Millwey then conceded a careless free-kick on the edge of the area which resulted in Feniton equalising.

The final goal was nearly a repetition of the earlier Feniton goal when Womersley’s cross-cum-shot found its way into the net!

Millwey boss Dan Murnane then introduced Matt Rockett, who took over from another of Millwey’s promising youngsters, Dan Rowe.

There was then opportunities for both sides. The nearest that came to fruition was a Womersley effort which grazed the crossbar.

In the end Millwey were worthy 4-3 winners with some fluent football which often came unstuck against Feniton’s obdurate defence.

It would be unfair to highlight any Millwey player as this was definitely a team effort. If pushed to do so Keith Forsey was prominent and young Brad Conway showed a maturity far beyond his 16 years and received the Man of the Match award, sponsored by DM Coaching.

On Saturday (November 24), Millwey entertain Halwill Reserves at Cloakham (2.15pm).

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