Crunch time for Millwey Res
PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010
MILLWEY Rise Reserves faced Chard Rangers last night and the result could well have decided their Division Four fate.
MILLWEY Rise Reserves faced Chard Rangers last night and the result could well have decided their Division Four fate. Chard didn't play on Saturday, allowing Millwey to go ahead after a 6-1 victory over Hawkchurch. Manager Stuart Ellis also has the eligible first teamers to pick from as their season has already finished. He said: "If we win against Chard it should be enough to go up." Against Hawkchurch it wasn't all plain sailing from the start. It took Millwey a good 15 minutes to settle into the match but from then on the result was never in doubt. They held a 3-0 advantage by half time and doubled that before Hawkchurch got a late consolation. Despite the wet and windy conditions, Millwey celebrated goals from Gary Venn, 2, Danny Larcombe, 2, Steve Hall and Oliver Bailhache. A wonder goal from James Salter gave Farway United the premier league points against Lyme Regis midweek and Salter went on to score again - on his 21st birthday - in the Saturday victory over Chard Town Colts. Farway have endured a frustrating spell but had their best match for some time against Lyme who, after looking likely title recipients for a long time, had not won their previous two league matches. Lyme debuted 3rd XI keeper Robbie Prior and he was caught by a cross as Farway turned defence into attack and Daniel Williams scored. "We were the better side in the first half," said manager Rob Thom. "But Farway sent a cracking ball across the goal for Williams to score and we were 1-0 down at the break." Lyme were under the cosh for the first spell of the second half and rode their luck. Farway had a free kick bounce into the net and out again but, bizarrely, Farway keeper Phil Woodley tried to stop the ball heading out. It bounced off his shin and, as the waiting Shaun Dickson ran past, he managed to concede a penalty when trying to grab the ball but getting the player. Mark Bailey smashed it but missed, Adam Caddy scoring from the rebound. The home side, Lyme, took the game to Farway but were hit by Salter's goal which, said Thom: "If it had been scored in the Premiership, people would have been talking about it for the next two years!" The keeper drop kicked the ball out, Salter, on the half way line, caught it on the volley and sent it back 'with interest' to the top corner. "It was the best we have played for a long time," said manager Andy Baily. Both teams went on to win on Saturday. Farway beat Chard Town Colts 4-3. Craig Williams scored first then a typical 'Farway spell' saw Chard level. Pressure from Dan Williams saw a defender score an own goal, but Chard levelled again. Salter added his second wonder goal of the week, a long range rocket, into the top corner. Super sub Dave Baily made it 4-2 and Chard scored a goal at the death. Craig Williams was Man of the Match. Farway played Motel and Offwell for a place in the semi finals of the Golesworthy Cup last night. Lyme were able to put defeat behind them to beat Perry Street 1-0. "It was back to basics stuff," said Thom. "4-4-2 and all four in defence were solid and marshalled Prior in goal well." Luke Clifton, who started in midfield, showed great energy, Ben Whittington got his passing game back, but Lyme were frustrated at being caught by the offside trap. Mike Legg's great cross from the byline, under heavy pressure, Perry Street scored an own goal. Perry Street did push but Prior dealt with every effort and Lyme were relieved to have won at last! "We will enjoy the rest of our games now," said Thom. They play White Horse tonight and South Petherton on Saturday. An inexperienced Lyme Reserves lost 3-0 to top of the league Misterton away, but five up from the Bantams got some good practice at facing higher league opposition. Boosted by Adam Clark - 'awesome' against Farway - and Shaun Dickson they should have been 3-0 up by half time. Instead Misterton scored and then added two more late in the second half.