Millwey Rise beaten 6-3 at Central

PUBLISHED: 09:22 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 25 April 2018

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Millwey Rise went down 6-3 on their visit to Exeter to meet Central in a Macron League Division Five contest, writes Dick Sturch.

This was certainly a case of ‘a game too far’ for battling ‘Rise’, who had played four times in seven days with the hard-fought game at Elmore taking place less than 48 hours before this league encounter.

The absence of Sam Burke and Haydn Lewis only added to their problems. Central went ahead in the first five minutes and then continued to pose a constant threat to the visitor’s defence.

A second goal duly followed, but Millwey did reduce the arrears when a Sam Wadden through ball was cleverly headed over the keeper by Shane Featherstone. Shortly before half time Central increased their lead from a firmly-struck, close-range shot when Millwey’s defence failed to clear their lines.

Within two minutes of the restart, Central were four goals up, and, within five minutes, added number five!

Millwey gamely fought back and were awarded a penalty which Featherstone placed wide of the keeper for his second goal.

This was followed five minutes later with the goal of the game from Matt Lewis whose powerful volley from distance left the keeper stranded.

Unfortunately, three minutes later Central increased their lead once more from a corner.

Rise manager Dan Murnane then rang the changes with Fraser Beament replacing Ashley Hall and James Rocket on for Jack Farrant.

Although Millwey pressed at every opportunity the nearest they came to a goal was a Nicky Land cross that fell just the wrong side of the bar.

Shane Featherstone and young Sam Wadden were prominent in a Millwey side struggling to overcome the demands of the previous seven days.

Meanwhile, the Rise second team put distance between themselves and the basement berths in Division Eight after a 2-0 home win over Sandford Reserves. Stuart King scored both goals.

In terms of the next action, Rise Reserves are in Friday (April 27) night action at Honiton Town thirds and the following day, Rise first team are away at Halwill (3pm).

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