Tregale boosts Millwey

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

Millwey Rise have enjoyed a great pre-season and first team manager Ian Hall is delighted with the progress the club is making, writes Lee Glanville.

Millwey Rise have enjoyed a great pre-season and first team manager Ian Hall is delighted with the progress the club is making. Shane Featherstone is the new player/coach, assisted by the experienced Nick Tregale. In fact Tregale, 46, really caught the eye in what was otherwise, for Hall, a disappointing start in the league. They lost 3-2 away to Ilminster Colts. The Ilminster pitch was in good order with a good covering of grass, and it was just as well as there was a downpour just before kick-off. Matthew Hall bundled in a goal from a corner kick after 20 minutes, Ilminster levelling 15 minutes later. Just before the break Marc Jenkins scored and Millwey went into the break 2-1 up. Ilminster had a player sent off for dissent after 20 minutes but, instead of taking advantage, Millwey pushed the panic button and said Hall: "It was like they had 11 players and we had 10. They levelled through a penalty and got the winner 10 minutes from time." "With the pre-season we have had it was a bit of a shock," he added. Tregale was "phenomenal" in goal and Hall was also full of praise for Keith Forsey. Next weekend they take on Honiton in the Devon Cup. Reserves' boss Stuart Ellis admits he is frustrated as their match was called off due to waterlogging and they have no fixture next week. "At least we are still unbeaten," he joked. He is looking forward to a good season as he has a Reserve squad boosted by a few down from last year's 1st XI. "There is good spirit in the side," he said. Lyme Regis have also had a great pre-season culminating in them winning the Chard Hospital Cup, so it was especially disappointing for manager Rob Thom to see his side draw 1-1 at home to Winsham. The good news was that the £1,000 spent during the close season on drainage proved well worth it especially as they too endured a 15 minute downpour. The conditions proved a great leveller. Winsham battled hard and would not let Lyme pass the ball around. Neither side scored in the first half, Lyme restricted to a couple of half chances. At half time Thom told his men to "go back to basics" but they were caught out by Winsham who bossed the game and went 1-0 up through an audacious lob from 30 yards out. "We had just changed from 4,4,2 to 3,5,2 but there was nothing we could do about the goal," Thom said. The score stung Lyme into life though and they well and truly peppered the Winsham goal. Mark Bailey levelled through a free kick - the shot was saved but the ball slipped through the goalie's fingers. He went on to have the game of his life, including saving a point blank shot and its rebound plus a Mark Batey shot from 10 yards.The Reserves, under Gerard Hitchcock and Mark Hodder, lost 3-1 to West and Middle Chinnock but missed a hatful of first half chances. WMC were much more clinical finishers. Dominic Rowe, returning from injury, levelled but, despite a couple more chances, they couldn't score again. Lyme Bantams have lost a few players from last season and didn't have their full squad available. They sent a young side to play the team which beat them twice last season, Crewkerne Res, and lost 6-2. Thom added: "When the squad is more settled we should have an ok side, but we are losing a few players to university this season.

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