Millwey Rise Reserves ship five second half goals at East Budleigh
PUBLISHED: 09:31 11 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 March 2018
Millwey Rise Reserves were one of the few teams to see action on a soggy second Saturday of March, but it did not end well as they slipped to a 5-0 defeat in their Macron League Division Eight game at East Budleigh Reserves, writes Dick Sturch.
I don’t know who first conjured up the saying ‘A game of two halfs’, but this game could not have given it a truer meaning!
The first half of this game was dominated by the visitors. Apart from a first minute break, which resulted in a safely cleared corner, East Budleigh were definitely on the back foot.
The speed of Millwey striker Mark Pike was a constant thorn in their side. After 10 minutes his harrying of the home side’s defence resulted in his shot being turned around for a corner. A few minutes later he broke clear and his shot hit the post and bounced to safety.
That was followed, soon after, by the host goal somehow surviving strikes by both Dave Bridges and Pike.
Although in the closing minutes of the first half Terry Male, in the Millwey goal, was called upon to produce a ‘vital tip round the post’, Millwey had certainly dominated the half.
Within one minute of the turnaround East Budleigh were awarded a ‘dubious’ penalty which Jack Howarth netted via the underside of the bar.
Millwey then had a succession of corners which came to nothing and seemed to be the precursor for the home side taking command of the game.
In the 55th minute Dan Atkinson increased the lead and the same player headed home the third.
Millwey were unable to clear the ball and were put under constant pressure. A corner then produced a headed goal by Steve Hitchcock and in the latter stages of the game Howarth rounded off the scoring and a player from either side was banished to the ‘sin bin.’
Wayne Jenkins was a ‘rock’ in Millwey’s defence and Mark Pike first half display certainly deserved more reward.
On Saturday (March 17), Millwey Rise 1st team are in action in Exeter with a game at Exwick Village and the second team will be at home to Central Reserves.
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