Millwey Rise beaten by visiting Elmore

PUBLISHED: 12:12 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 06 May 2018

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

Otterton at home to Kentisbeare. Ref shsp 40-16TI 9027. Picture: Terry Ife

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Millwey Rise were beaten 3-0 by Elmore Reserves when they met in a Macron League Division Five game, writes Dick Sturch.

Millwey Rise were beaten 3-0 by Elmore Reserves when they met in a Macron League Division Five game, writes Dick Sturch.

Elmore gave due warning of the threat they pose when, in the second minute of the game, they hit the frame of the goal with keeper well beaten!

After this ‘near-squeak’ Millwey did start spraying the ball around and showed they have the ability to play good football against a top class team.

Unfortunately, it didn’t produce the end product of a goal and disaster then struck twice in a matter of five minutes when two unfortunate own goals gifted Elmore a 2-0 lead. At the other end of the pitch, a golden opportunity arose, but a miscued shot meant the chance to pull a goal back, was lost.

In the opening quarter of the second period Millwey had two corners in quick succession, but were unable to capitalise on them.

Brad Lee Miller had a powerful shot on target but the keeper was well placed to gather it.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Elmore further increased their lead when a powerful strike from Ryan Rowe gave home glovesman Jack Bennett no chance. Millwey were visibly tiring at this stage and manager Dan Murnane replaced Sam Turner and Nick Land with Sam Waddon and Jack Farrant.

Sam Burke came close to a goal for the home side, but the keeper managed to scramble his shot away.

Miller gave way for Fraser Beament in the final quarter and Millwey had one final opportunity when a tempting cross from Nathan Womersley was headed goalwards by Shane Featherstone, but the keeper again thwarted a goal for the home team.

Elmore certainly deserved their win with their energy and speed, but without the errors ‘Rise’ were always in with a chance. Ashley Hall and Alex Rocket in defence were instrumental in preventing the score line being greater.

The Rise second team were 7-2 winners on their visit to Tedburn St Mary 2nds which represents a superb afternoon’s work given they were struggling to put a side together for the Macron Division Eight game!

Mark Pike and Stuart King both scored hat-tricks and Frank Johnson also scored.

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