Millwey Rise revival hit by setback with Halwill defeat

PUBLISHED: 08:29 25 November 2018

Millwey Reserves action. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Millwey Reserves action. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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The recent Millwey Rise revival came to a halt when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Halwill Reserves, writes Dick Sturch.

After only four minutes Millwey found themselves behind as a Halwill forward rose above a static defence to head home giving Rise goalkeeper Brett Garner no chance. The visitors pressed strongly and kept the home side on the back foot and penned in their own half.

An accidental trip, when a player from either side came together, running into the area, was unfortunately adjudged a penalty from which Halwill increased their lead.

This spurred Millwey into action and, after some fluent interplay they were awarded a free-kick for obstruction outside the box.

Levi Hoole stepped up and his strike was guided home by Nathan Womersley to reduce the arrears.

With Millwey now on the front foot the possibility of another goal seemed on the cards, but disaster struck in the last minute of the half when from a corner kick the ball ricocheted around the area before keeper Garner brilliantly parried a shot only for the ball to fall at the feet of an unmarked forward who smashed it into the net.

After the break, with Sam Turner coming on for Hoole, Millwey continued playing some good passing football, but were constantly out muscled by their more physical opponents.

Womersley nearly increased his tally when a powerful, dipping shot beat the visitor’s keeper but smashed against the bar.

Millwey then won a series of corners and came very close to scoring when Matt Lewis headed just over.

Manager Dan Murnane brought on James Rockett for Brad Conway and Dan Rowe for Haydn Lewis.

Both teams pressed forward in search of another goal and there were misses at either end.

During this period Garner in the Millwey goal made some vital interceptions to ensure the visitors didn’t add to their score.

For Millwey, Brett Garner in goal, together with the Rockett brothers, Alex and Matt worked hard to ensure their side remained in the game.

On Saturday (December 1), Millwey travel to Pinhoe and Lympstone Reserves are the Cloakham visitors for the Rise second team. Both matches start at 2.15pm.

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