Milwley Rise so unfortunate in narrow defeat at table-topping Barrington

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Millwey Rise went down 2-0 in their Perry Street League match at table-topping Barrington, writes Dick Sturch.

What a difference a week makes! Millwey`s approach was far removed from the previous weeks Devon Cup defeat at Kentisbeare. They can count themselves unlucky not to have taken a point from this game and their all-round performance was all the more admirable considering they went into the contest without their two main strikers.

The Millwey back three of Carl German, Stuart King and Hayden Lewis worked tirelessly to blunt Barrington`s free scoring forwards while Shane Featherstone marshalled a midfield that moved the ball around creating good scoring opportunities throughout the game.

The first half ended scoreless and it remained that way until midway through the second period when Barrington scored with a breakaway goal. Millwey responded positively and Matt Beachy had the ball in the Barrington net only to see the ‘goal’ chalked off for what looked a ‘harsh’ off-side decision.

With Millwey pouring men forward in search of an equaliser they became more exposed in defence and, from another breakaway, Barrington wrapped up the win with a second goal. Millwey can take heart from this game and had they had their strongest side available, especially in attack, the outcome could have been very different. This weekend they travel to Lyme Bantams (2pm).

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Everyone at Millwey Rise wishes to convey their best wishes for a swift recovery to club president Tony Turner who was rushed to hospital in the days before the latest match after suffering a stroke.

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