Sladen strikes to net Millwey Rise a home point


Goal! - Credit: Archant

Millwey Rise banked a point from their Macron League Division Four meeting with Feniton Reserves, but the game could prove costly for Rise with Alex Rockett (back) and Sam Turner (knee), both forced out of the contest with injury, writes Dick Sturch.

In between these incidents, Millwey applied continuous pressure on the visitor’s defence, but fell behind in Feniton`s first attack after 15 minutes.

Steve Flack, who was leading the attack, had a header pushed around the post. This was followed by a rasping shot from Turner which flew past the upright. Central defender Rockett left the field after 20 minutes and was replaced by Mark Pike which necessitated a reshuffle of the team to accommodate the change. Feniton did have one or two more forays into Millwey’s half, but no further goals were added before half-time.

After the break, the home team put Feniton’s defence under more constant pressure, but it appeared as if it as set to be ‘one of those days’. Ty Allen saw a powerful strike pushed over the bar, but wayward finishing and determined defending saw the visiting side maintain their slender lead.

When injury forced Turner to leave the field it appeared that was how it would finish. However, his replacement, young Oscar Sladen, had different ideas and in the closing minutes salvaged a point for Millwey with a low shot across goal that beat the keeper to earn a valuable point. This was no more than they deserved after totally dominating the half.

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Steve Flack, playing his first game for the club, provided an effective target for crosses in his forward role and was ably supported by Pike and Dave Bridges.

Danny Larcombe who took over the central defender’s role in Rockett’s absence stifled any danger and was ably assisted by Matt Lewis, the latter deservedly named Man of the Match with the award sponsored by Millman Hall Ltd.

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This Saturday (January 19) Millwey Rise first team, visit Hemyock (2.15pm).

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