Referee ‘unlocked’ as Millwey Rise win cup tie at Uplyme

PUBLISHED: 14:11 11 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:11 11 October 2015

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“O dear what can the matter be Uplyme have gone and locked up the referee!” is certainly not the usual way to launch a football report, but it actually happened when Millwey Rise FC visited their Devon Intermediate Cup opponents at Uplyme, writes Dick Sturch.

Some Millwey supporters were passing the changing rooms on their way to the pitch when they heard a whistle being blown and someone pleading to be let out. To their surprise the voice informed them that he was the match referee Peter Greenwood and he had been locked in the changing rooms. After the initial shock they quickly found an Uplyme FC official to release the referee to officiate the match!

The game itself was not the most entertaining; far to many long balls played to the front runners. An exception was Millwey’s fopening goal when a deft pass from Sam Turner put Levi Hoole through to open the scoring.

After 25 minutes an Alex Rocket strike put the visitors two up, but did nothing to enliven a scrappy first half.

Within minutes of the restart Uplyme came close on several occasions. Nathan Hoole tipped a goal bound header over his bar and followed this up a few minutes later with a great save to keep the Millwey goal intact. It was not until midway through the second half that the visitors applied any telling pressure.

A fierce shot from Rocket was well saved by Uplyme’s keeper. From here on in a series of chances presented themselves, but it was not until the 80th minute that Millwey clinched the game with a good strike from Nathan Wormesley. Uplyme kept pressing and were rewarded with a goal in the 86th minute to leave the final score 3-1 in Millwey’s favour.

For Millwey, Matty and Hayden Lewis were strong in the back four and Tyler Warren showed some clever touches in midfield..

Next up for Millwey Rise is a Saturday (October 17) visit to Dunkeswell Rovers (3pm).

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