Millwey Rise Reserves beaten at Honiton Town

PUBLISHED: 13:41 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 03 May 2018

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Millwey Rise Reserves went down 5-2 on their visit to Honiton Town thirds for a Macron League Division Eight meeting, writes Dick Sturch.

Millwey started this game with a bare 11 players as Dave Bridges was delayed at work.

Nathan Womersley, who went as a spectator, became the visitors’ substitute, joined later by Bridges.

For the first time this year, Millwey started the match with the three youngest players in their ranks, Frank Johnston, Liam Best and Chris Pritchard.

‘Rise’ got off to a good start playing football from the back with Haydn Lewis taking charge at centre half and Ty Allen linking up well with Mark Pike. Unfortunately, a defensive lapse gave Honiton the lead.

They then kept the pressure on Millwey’s back line and eventually forced a corner which they put away for their second. Chris Pritchard made several key passes trying to create opportunities for Millwey before eventually Mark Pike found the net to make it 2-1.

Just before the end of the half, Pike played a square ball across goal to Pritchard, which looked like a certain goal, but his shot went wide.

Best made way in the second period for Bridges in midfield. ‘Rise’ again started the second half well but Stuart King and Pike failed to capitalise on several opportunities. Honiton then turned the game around with some impressive link-up play to score a third. Millwey’s back four began to tire a little and allowed Honiton to score number four.

Haydn Lewis had to leave the field with a leg injury and was replaced by Womersley at center back. Stuart King gave the visitors hope with a well-taken goal to close the deficit.

Honiton completed the scoring slotting the last goal of the game past keeper Terry Male to make it 5-2.

The score line does not do justice to Millwey’s efforts, especially Chris Pritchard and Ty Allen, who worked tirelessly throughout the game. On Saturday (May 5), the Rise second team travel to Tedburn St Mary (3pm).

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