Featherstone’s early goal sets up Millwey Rise win at Awliscombe

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Millwey Rise were 2-0 winners when they travelled across East Devon to meet Awliscombe, writes Dick Sturch.

Millwey Rise opened the scoring in the first five minutes when central defender Shayne Featherstone touched the ball home from a corner. This early strike settled their nerves and they began to play some neat football right across the field. They were nearly undone by an Awliscombe attack in the fifteenth minute when a home team forward broke clear, and with only Nathan Hoole to beat, blasted his shot high over the bar. This was as close as the home side came to scoring in the first half.

Levi Hoole got on the score sheet in the 40th minute when he collected the ball on the right, moved forward then lashed a powerful shot across the goal and into the far corner of the net to give Millwey a two goal lead at the break.

In the second half goal attempts from Turner, Lewis and Hoole for the visitors were either saved or flew very close to the Awliscombe net but no further goals were scored. Millwey continued playing a close control passing game throughout the half and it wasn’t until the 85th minute that the home side had their first real shot on target of the entire game which was comfortably saved by Nathan Hoole.

This was a very competent performance by Millwey with excellent performances from the whole team. Sam Burge and Sam Turner pulled the strings in mid field and the back four looked very sound. No doubt there will be some sterner tests to come but this will certainly give ‘Rise’ something to build on.

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This Saturday (September 17), Millwey Rise host K and M Polonia in the Devon Intermediate Cup with the Cloakham Lawn kick-off being 2pm.

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