Millwey look forward to 'biggest game ever'

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:51 15 June 2010

Millwey Rise manager Ian Hall is preparing his team for the biggest game in the club's history - their Devon Intermediate Cup 5th round match away to Beacon Knights.

Millwey Rise manager Ian Hall is preparing his team for the biggest game in the club's history - their Devon Intermediate Cup 5th round match away to Beacon Knights. He is relishing the task saying: "I have complete faith in the side's ability. The lads just need to get their heads around it." Recent training has been tricky - the last session had to be halted 15 minutes early as the surface at Colyton was freezing but Hall has plenty of options for players. Mark Jenkins is back from injury having successfully played 90 minutes for the Reserves and Hall thinks there could be a place for the 'burly, old fashioned centre forward' in the side. Beacon Knights are going great guns at the moment and beat Winkleigh 8-0 in their most recent outing. They have scored 57 goals and conceded just seven this season. But confidence is high at Millwey who are in the process of becoming a Devon FA Chartered club. They have also made plans to ease their fixture backlog and play Drimpton at Taunton Town under lights next Wednesday. Millwey Reserves beat Hinton 2-1 in a great start to the new year. It was a fairly even game, Mark Pike putting the Millwey lads ahead, Hinton levelling in the first half. After the break Mark Pidgeon bundled the winner in off his shin after a tactical substitution by manager Stuart Ellis. He said: "They did everything but score recently so I was very pleased with the win. 'Pikey' had a good game up front and was my Man of the Match." The Hinton pitch played well as it caught the sun right up to the goalline. With 15 minutes left it started to freeze again - "It was a good job it wasn't a cup game," Ellis said. "We would not have played extra time there!" Farway had to call off their clash with Lyme Regis, having held off with a decision until 12.30 to try and play. Lyme Reserves were at Charmouth on the way to play their Dorset Cup match with Shaftesbury (for the fourth week running) when they got the call the match was off.The Reserves face the worst of Lyme's fixture backlog as they have quarter final matches to play in the Dorset Junior Cup, Daisy Hutchings Cup and the Arthur Gage Cup in the next three weeks. No such problems at Lyme though where the Bantams played well against Hawkchurch. In the first half Lyme had good possession, but went a goal down after poor defending of a set piece. They deserved their leveller, scored by Ben Strong, but were unlucky to go 2-1 down to a mishit cross which eluded Jimmy Larcombe in goal. The Bantams didn't come out quite so brightly after the break, tending to rely on long ball footy and they went 3-1 down to a cracking 35 yard looping shot. They didn't let their heads drop and, with 10 minutes to go, Ady Porter flicked on a goal for 3-2. 1st XI boss Rob Thom said: "Unfortunately, they left it open at the back, trying to push up to equalise and conceded a goal at the death.


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