Millwey Rise go out of Devon Cup by narrowest of margins

PUBLISHED: 11:26 06 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 06 December 2015

East Budleigh played Millwey on Saturday. Ref exsp 7414-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

East Budleigh played Millwey on Saturday. Ref exsp 7414-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Millwey Rise exited the A and S paving Devon Intermediate Cup, beaten by the narrowest of margins, 1-0 at Otterton, writes Dick Sturch.

Manager Simon Flint was forced to re-jig the formation yet again due to several last minute absentees for the journey to the current leaders of Fresha League Division Five.

The wind was the real winner and made any attempt to play football a lottery on the home side’s exposed pitch. With the wind in their backs Otterton soon began making their physical presence felt all over the field. Levi Hoole in particular, became the target of some crunching tackles, and left with the scars to prove it. He did come close after 20 minutes when his header skimmed the Otterton bar. It was ironic he became the first player booked for a tackle, when so many others had gone unpenalised. The nearest Otterton came to scoring in the first half was from a free kick which flew just over Nathan Hoole’s crossbar to leave the game without a goal at half time.

The second half was much of the same. Early on Tyler Warren was put through only to see his speculative lob drop over the bar. Otterton were then awarded a penalty, which against everything else that had happened, seemed a trivial decision. The resultant kick went wide of the goal which was a just outcome under the circumstances. Both Warren and Wormseley then went close for Millwey, but in the 75th minute Otterton scored with a shot that crept through a bank of Millwey defenders, leaving keeper Hoole unsighted and helpless to prevent it. This proved to be the winning goal, but Millwey can hold their heads up with pride at their performance under the team problems forced upon them.

The back three of Matty Lewis, Shane Featherstone and Alex Rocket were outstanding while Sam Turner in midfield proved a valuable link between defence and attack.

Next up, on Saturday (December 12), the team are again on the road, visiting Royal Oak at Cowick Barton, Exeter KO 2.15pm.

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