Teenage glovesman Donnan impresses for Millwey Rise Reserves

PUBLISHED: 11:39 02 December 2018

Action from the Millwey Rise Reserves 3-1 home defeat to Lympstone Picture DICK STURCH

Action from the Millwey Rise Reserves 3-1 home defeat to Lympstone Picture DICK STURCH

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Millwey Rise Reserves went down 3-1 when they entertained Lympstone Reserves in a Macron League Division Eight encounter played at Cloakham Lawns, writes Dick Sturch.

Action from the Millwey Rise Reserves 3-1 home defeat to Lympstone Picture DICK STURCHAction from the Millwey Rise Reserves 3-1 home defeat to Lympstone Picture DICK STURCH

Millwey began this game pressing their visitors defence with striker Stuart King coming close to open the scoring for Rise on a couple of occasions.

Lympstone broke away sporadically and then, in the space of five minutes got the ball in the net twice from the result of slack marking by the home defenders! Half-time arrived with those two goals, scored, very much against the run of play, still separating the side’s, a margin that was tough on Millwey, who had spent much of the half in their opponent’s territory!

Fifteen minutes into the second period a Dave Bridges corner was headed home by Jack Bennett to halve the deficit.

Millwey then forced a series of corners, but could not turn their advantage into an equaliser. Indeed, as so often happens in such situations, the opposition rode their luck before breaking to scored a third with a firm strike that eluded young keeper Tom Donnan.

Millwey continued pushing forward and threatened the Lympstone goal, but failed to reduce the arrears.

In the final minute glovesman Donnan produced a superlative save to deny the visitors a fourth from the penalty spot.

The Rise management team of Mark Enticott and Craig Mitchell were absolutely delighted with the display of their young team.

Sixteen-year-old Tom Donnan in goal is certainly a star in the making. Imran Chowdhury had a solid game at the back, but the Man of the Match was the tireless Dave Bridges (sponsored by Berensens Solicitors), who covered every inch of the field.

On Saturday (December 8), Millwey Rise 1st team welcome St Martins 2nd XI to Cloakham and the Reserves head into Exeter to meet Central. Both games kick-off at 2.15pm.

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