Hall’s plan works for Millwey Rise

PUBLISHED: 16:31 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

Perry Street League football: Millwey Rise trailed 1-0 against Uplyme before boss Ian Hall tweaked his side s shape to such a degree that they were level just before the break and deservedly won the game with a strong second half display.

Perry Street League football: Millwey Rise trailed 1-0 against Uplyme before boss Ian Hall tweaked his side's shape to such a degree that they were level just before the break and deservedly won the game with a strong second half display.

Tim Edwards had fired Uplyme into a half-hour lead at which stage Hall switched from a five- man midfield; it worked, as they levelled just before the break through Mark Vaughan.

At half time, Hall made changes with both skipper Shane Featherstone and goal scorer Vaughan left in the dressing room - and being replaced by Michael Beer and Adam Phillips. But it was the switching of Paul Otreba to the right wing that paid maximum dividends as he produced assists for both second half goals, four minutes after the restart by Beer and then 20 minutes from time when Gary Venn netted his 32nd of an exceptional season.

A delighted Hall said: "Hands up; I got the tactics horribly wrong early on, but it didn't take long to see that the midfield was far too congested and, once we made the changes, we looked so much more comfortable".

The win completed The Millwey Rise league season and now they must wait to see if they have done enough to gain promotion into the top flight.

Hall thinks they are going to be okay on that score saying: "I think we have done enough. This has been my first season in senior football management and I cannot speak highly enough of the support I have had from a fabulous set of players and a quite magnificent backroom set-up. Without the combined efforts of Steve Norman, Jason Farrant and chairman Doug Thompson, we most certainly would not be where we are now. It's been great fun and I sincerely hope we are able to play in the top Division next season. That's the least these good people deserve".

Chard United and West & Middle Chinnock meet on Saturday in Chard. A home win and Millwey Rise would still have a real chance of the title, and an away win ... whilst dreams of the title would be all but over, it would confirm a top two finish for Hall's men.

Farway saw their losing run ended with a well deserved 1-1 draw against Ilminster Town Reserves.

After four straight defeats, the point was gratefully accepted by Farway Boss Andy Baily who said: "We needed that; they (Ilminster) are a competent side and I feel that the performance and result should give us a boost to see us through to the end of the campaign.

"It was a patchy performance in as much as we started ever so brightly, then ran into difficulties to the extent that they took the lead. But after a good chat at half time, we came out and were, I feel, good value for the equaliser. It was a fair result".

Farway had begun the brighter of the sides and looked the more likely but the visitors, somewhat against the run of play, snatched the lead on 30 minutes and through until half time a combination of wayward finishing, fortunate defending and down right good fortune saw Farway go in just the one goal down. During the half-time break Baily delivered a team talk that urged his side to go out and take the game by the scruff of the neck and the players responded in fine style to effectively dominate large periods of the half.

A number of chances were spurned before Ben Williams looped a header over the keeper and, in the final minute, Daniel Williams was presented with a real opportunity to win the game but instead of throwing himself wholesale at the ball, he went for the lesser option of trying to get a foot on the ball and the chance went begging.

Baily said: " We'll take the point, and in terms of performance it was much improved on recent games".

Farway are back in action tonight with a game at Lyme Regis - one that Baily said of: " It should be very interesting because as I see both team go into the meeting in poor form, we can still make a top half finish and to achieve that there's still work to be done"

Farway Reserves had no game at the weekend and on Saturday they complete their Division Four programme with the visit of Crewkerne Reserves.

A second successive defeat for Lyme Regis: they went down 3-1 at third placed Crewkerne and left Lyme still in the hunt for a top four finish.

They have more games than anybody else to play - eight in total - starting with tonight's (Wednesday) meeting with Farway United and continuing on Saturday with the visit of Perry Street.

Millwey Rise Reserves went nap against Winsham with Keith Forsey netting a treble.

Forsey had not previously scored for the reserves this term but a double before the break and another in the second half sealed his hat-trick.

Matt Beechey and Darren Whitecross scored the other goals and it was Beechey's holding role in midfield that provided the main impetus for the win as boss Stuart Ellis alluded to saying: "We had a rough ride in the first 15 minutes as they (Winsham) started very strongly but, once we gained a foothold, we dominated and were good value for the win.

"Matt (Beechey) was superb in the holding role and Keith's treble was very much a bi- product of Matt's efforts in the engine room".

By Stephen Birley

Perry Street League football

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