Combe prove too tough

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

PERRY STREET LEAGUJE - FARWAY United are playing well but not getting results at the moment and they went out of the Challenge Cup 3-0 at the hands of Combe St Nicholas, writes Lee Glanville.

FARWAY United are playing well but not getting results at the moment and they went out of the Challenge Cup 3-0 at the hands of Combe St Nicholas, writes Lee Glanville. Manager Andy Baily had no problem with the result or with the effort of his players, saying: "The first goal was a wonder strike from out wide, one of the others was an own goal with about four players at fault, and the other was from a throw in which we didn't clear." Farway were 2-0 down at half time, the goals scored at 25 and 35 minutes, and started the second half like they would soon pull the score back. But Combe had other ideas and got stronger as the match went on. "We worked hard enough, the players all tried but we just seem to be lacking the quality I know we can have," Baily added. High spot of the match was the performance of the three Reserves. Keeper Euan Carnelly has always done well on first XI duty, Luke Hardy is on Baily's '1st XI wish list' but prefers playing for the Reserves and Dan Edwards, making his first team debut, probably has the best control of anyone at the club, but has not yet got the bulk to see off some of the more physical sides. Sunday's cup match had to be called off due to lack of available players. "It isn't the way I like to do things but there are so many who don't want to play on Sundays," Baily moaned. Lyme Regis's second round Challenge Cup match against Ilminster Town Reserves was a real nailbiter and had to be decided on penalties. The blustery conditions and soft pitch didn't help Lyme establish their passing game but nonetheless Rob Thompson had beaten two players and scored by half time. Against the wind in the second half, Lyme found Ilminster able to push more. Ashley Caddy made a couple of fine saves but those who looked as if they were trying to sit on the advantage were badly caught out when Ilminster levelled with three minutes left. Lyme dominated extra time without creating many chances and won 3-2 on penalties, Caddy saving one and Ilminster missing two others. The teams meet again next week at Lyme in Crewkerne Charity Shield action. The Reserves had a difficult match away to Forton, just higher than them in the league table. Forton took the lead, Shaun Dixon levelled. Forton led again and Ali Rattenbury equalised with a trademark free kick and the sides stayed level at half time. In the second half Robbie Prior was the hero for a while, making some good saves but Forton scored twice more for 4-2 victory. The Bantams were home (at Uplyme) and won 9-0 against Chard Utd Res and maintain their top of the table position. In the first half there were goals from Rory Holmes, Neil Mackenzie, Mark Taylor and an own goal. After the break both Rory Holmes, now on 21 goals this season, and Mackenzie, 13, completed their hat-tricks. "It could have been more but the players started to get a bit greedy," said 1st XI manager Rob Thom. Millwey Rise went out of the Tommy Tabberer Cup 4-1 at the hands of Chard Utd, their main rivals in the contest for the league title. Chard were 3-0 up at half time, and, after the break, Marc Jenkins heralded something of a purple patch by scoring but it didn't last long enough and Chard went on to grab a fourth goal. "They were far better than us but I have to say that our current injury problem is making a big difference to us," said manager Herman Hall. Hall has reluctantly had to cancel next week's match due to those injury worries. Millwey Rise Reserves also lost 4-1, which knocked them out of the Kenny Hodges Cup at the hands of Chard Rangers Reserves, but they did take the lead and held it for the first 15 minutes. Darren Whitehouse was the scorer but once Chard levelled it was as if Millwey had hit the self destruct button. They lost their shape and before they knew it were 4-1 down.Play improved again for the last 20 minutes but by then it was too late. "I was more than happy with the start and finish," said boss Stuart Ellis, "it's just the bit in the middle I am worried about!

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