Garner stars as Millwey Rise are beaten at home by Lyme Regis Reserves

PUBLISHED: 10:23 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 September 2018

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Lyme Regis were fortunate to catch Millwey without the Lewis brothers and Alex Rocket, who were all unavailable and it contributed to Rise being beaten 4-2 at home, writes Dick Sturch.

In their absence the home side was short on both height and strength against their heavier and robust opponents.

Despite the missing trio, Rise, to their credit, continued to play their close passing game out of defence. This at times frustrates their supporters, but is a firm foundation on which to build. The missing piece of the jigsaw is a strong front runner to reduce the pressure, and take advantage of the openings that are created.

Five minutes into the contest, Jack Farrant tested the visiting keeper with a firm shot which the glovesman pushed clear.

In the 20th minute a slick move by Millwey ended with a James Rocket cross being picked up by Tyler Allen and his pass fed Jack Farrant who gave the keeper no chance from close range.

Shortly after Dave Bridges had to leave the field and was replaced by Sam Turner. The visitors kept pressing and eventually produced an equaliser before the break.

Minutes after the restart Millwey thought they had moved into the lead, but Lyme’s goalkeeper managed to scramble away a back pass that nearly crept over the line.

The visitor’s pressure increased and Brett Garner was forced to make three outstanding saves in a very short space of time.

Tyler Allen then gave way to Stuart Pike for `Rise. A few minutes later Turner produced a great volley which was tipped round the post.

From the ensuing corner Sam Burke headed the home side into the lead. Garner was again called on to produce an outstanding save to retain the lead.

With 10 minutes to go the visitors scored a controversial goal. The linesman was flagging for offside, but the match official allowed the goal to stand.

Two minutes later indecision allowed the visitors to further increase their lead.

For Millwey, Nicky Land was the pick of the outfield but the undoubted Man of the Match, sponsored on this occasion by Cloakham Lawns Crib Team goes go to Brett Garner, who, without some of his outstanding saves, the deficit could have been greater.

Next up is a Saturday (September 29) visit to Exeter University (3pm).

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