Millwey Rise power to big win over battling Offwell Rangers

Millwey Rise first team line up before a match wearing their new sponsored warm-up tops

Millwey Rise first team line up before a match wearing their new sponsored warm-up tops - Credit: Archant

Millwey Rise powered their way to an emphatic 11-2 Cloakham Lawns against Offwell Rangers, writes Dick Sturch.

Although the visitors never gave up trying, and at times even presented a threat, this was a one-sided game.

Millwey were pressing from the start, and after a few near misses, scored in the eighth minute when Nathan Womersley ran onto a Shane Featherstone pass to beat the keeper.

In a rare attack Offwell did hit the bar after some poor defending by the home side.

Womersley returned Featherstone’s compliment in the 15th minute when he put him through for goal number two Tyler Warren then had a firm shot pushed round the post.

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His resultant corner led to an own goal when a defender was put under pressure by Featherstone for a 3-0 lead.

Millwey switched off a couple of times after this and a poor back pass nearly gifted the visitors a goal.

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Then, after some weak defending presented Offwell’s Tristram Courtney with a goal. The home side quickly got back on track with Sam Burke running through the Offwell defence to score number four.

Alex Rocket fed Womersley through for the fifth. Jack Farrant fired home for the sixth after he was put through by Womersley to see Rise into the break with a 6-1 advantage.

After the break, Womersley completed his hat-trick when he latched on to Rocket’s pass.

Sam Burke fired home for number eight following a throw in. Offwell decreased the deficit when Courtney again beat Danny Larcombe following a free kick although it was soon extended again when Keith Forsey cleverly lobbed the visitors keeper for goal number nine.

Jack Farrant scored the goal of the game (and possibly the season) when he launched a mid air volley that flew into the visitors net for the 10th and Tyler Allen, fed through by Featherstone, rounded off the scoring with number 11.

It was easy to see manager Dan Murnane’s influence as he continually encouraged a passing game from defence to attack, rather than an aimless kick up field.

If the players can carry his ethos forward against more competitive teams, with the same effect as they did against Offwell, then it could be a very rewarding season for Millwey Rise Football Club.

This coming Saturday (September 30), Millwey Rise entertain Halwill Reserves in a Football Express Cup tie (2pm).

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