Millwey Rise win in Mid Devon ahead of three games in five days
PUBLISHED: 11:11 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 15 April 2018
Millwey Rise were 3-1 victors when they travelled to Mid Devon to meet Westexe Park Rangers in a Macron League Division Five game, writes Dick Sturch.
Within five minutes of the game starting, Millwey found themselves in arrears as a goalkeeping error allowed the home side to get off the mark.
The hosts continued pressing, but were very wayward with their finishing. ‘Rise’ came back into the game with first Sam Turner striking a powerful shot just over the bar followed by a Sam Burke shot which grazed the upright.
Several tempting crosses from either wing just needed a final touch from a Millwey forward to get back on level terms. Rangers were denied increasing their lead when Jack Bennett parried a strike on his goal then secured the ball before the advancing forward could pounce.
Millwey’s goals turned up like the proverbial buses when defender Matt Lewis first got his head to a Brad Lee Miller corner followed a few minutes later when he stroked the ball into the net from a Miller free-kick.
In the dying minutes of the half, a defensive mistake allowed a home side’s forward the opportunity to level the score, but Bennett in goal bravely dived and smothered the opportunity, sustaining an injury in the process.
At the start of the second period Millwey continued to dominate, but too many times were guilty of giving the ball away. Nicky land gave way to Keith Forsey after 20 minutes.
A series of sweet flowing passes culminated with Turner feeding Jack Farrant whose effort was gratefully held by the home keeper.
Rangers always looked dangerous on the break and Bennett was called upon to produce a brilliant instinctive save to retain the lead while, at the other end of the pitch, chances went begging.
Haydn Lewis and Miller were replaced by Fraser Beament and Harry Thresher. The final goal for Millwey was aptly an own goal after some clever play from Jack Farrant forced a defender to prod the ball into the net.
This was a case of Millwey not at their best, but good enough to take the points. Youngsters Sam Wadden, Jack Bennett and Jack Farrant played an important part in securing the victory.
Th next week is certainly a busy one for the Rise players. They play three times in five days, starting with a Monday night league game at Offwell Rangers. On Thursday night (April 19), Millwey Rise have a Football Express Cup semi-final meeting with Elmore under their Hordson Park floodlights (7.30pm) and then, on Saturday, they are in Exeter for a league game at Central.