Millwey Rise into next round of cup thanks to Hoole extra-time
PUBLISHED: 18:42 04 October 2015 | UPDATED: 18:42 04 October 2015
Millwey Rise edged into the next round of the Football Express Cup, beating hosts Royal Oak by the odd goal in seven, writes Dick Sturch.
A superb game of football might even have yielded as many as 15 goals, such was the end-to-end nature of the contest.
The game started badly for Rise when, just five minutes in, Matty Lewis was adjudged, harshly, to have handled the ball and the penalty was duly netted. After a Mark Pike ‘goal’ was ruled out for off-side the Millwey Rise cause was further hit when centre back Mike Knight was led off in the 30th minute bleeding profusely from a facial injury after bravely heading the equaliser!
Millwey bagged a 2-1 lead thanks to an early second half finish by leading scorer Levi Hoole only for a goalkeeping error to gift the hosts an equaliser. Millwey glovesman Nathan Hoole redeemed himself with a string of magnificent saves before Alex Rocket latched onto a through-ball from Tyler Warren to put the visitors 3-2 up. There were just two minutes remaining when Royal Oak drew level to send the game into extra-time.
The first period of extra-time saw chances created and kept out at both ends before, early in the second period, Hoole climbed above the defenders to head home his 15th goal of the season to seal a 4-3 victory.
For Millwey, Mark Pike unselfishly ran every inch of the pitch and was a thorn in the home sides’ defence throughout while Danny Larcombe, on as a replacement for the unfortunate Knight, made some timely interceptions to disrupt a number of Royal Oak attacks.
This Saturday (October 10), Millwey Rise travel to Uplyme to play a Devon Intermediate Cup tie (2pm).