Millwey Rise's splendid midweek win comes at a cost as they lose at Black Swan Town
PUBLISHED: 14:12 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 10 April 2018
Millwey Rise's splendid Thursday night win at Elmore - when they became the first team to defeat the Tiverton side this season - came at a cost, as injuries to key players Hall and Womersley, and Forsey being unavailable, meant Rise were forced to make a number of changes for their Macron League Division Five game at Black Swan Town that they lost 3-1, writes Dick Sturch.
Black Swan made some early inroads into the visitors’ half and one strike flew perilously close to Jack Bennet’s upright to post a warning of what was to come. Shane Featherstone then had a couple of glimpses of the home side’s goal when fed through by Brad Lee Miller, but was unable to add the finishing touch.
Although Black Swan continued pressing, Millwey were creating chances with some slick passing.
Youngsters Ty Allen and Jack Farrant both saw their shots either saved or forced away by an uncompromising defence. Bennett then had to make a full length save to turn a goalbound shot away for a corner.
Stuart King, called up from the Reserves and making his presence felt amongst the home side’s defenders, let fly with a strike which the keeper did well to hold. As the half drew to a close there came the bitter disappointment of seeing a blatant offside (not inches but yards) allowed to play on, which allowed Black Swan to go into the break with a goal advantage.
On the resumption, the game carried on in a similar fashion with both sides creating chances but unable to break down resolute defences.
Millwey’s Alex Rocket again displayed why he is probably one of the division’s top defenders.
Sam Burke came close with a shot that skimmed the bar from outside the box, but almost immediately the home side scored again after mounting a swift attack which pierced Millwey’s defence and left Bennett helpless.
King was eventually rewarded for his hard work when he blasted a close range shot past the home side’s keeper to pull a goal back for ‘Rise’.
Allen and Featherstone were replaced by Haydn Lewis and Harry Thresher as Millwey strove for an equaliser. Unfortunately, a momentary lapse in defence allowed Black Swan to increase their lead once more.
Undeterred, Millwey kept pressing and a firm Sam Turner strike was gratefully held by the home keeper.
Nicky Land, after another good performance, was replaced by Sam Wadden.
In the final quarter play swung from end to end with both sides creating chances, but no goals to accompany them.
For Millwey, Miller was the midfield pivot linking defence and attack with some astute passes. King was a constant threat up front and Rocket was outstanding in defence.
On Saturday (April 14), Millwey first team travel back to Tiverton to meet Westexe Park Rangers and the second team welcome Bradninch Villa to Cloakham. Both games kick-off at 3pm.