Millwey Rise were 2-0 winners when they hosted Pinhoe in a Joma Devon & Exeter League contest, writes Dick Sturch.
Second half goals from Sam Dibling and a ‘thunderous’ strike from defender Tye Allen saw ‘Rise’ to victory.
It took 20 minutes for this game to gather some momentum with both side weighing up the other and occasional forays into the others half.
Sam Burke was the first to strike in anger and lash a shot just wide of the visitor’s goal. For the last quarter, and the introduction of Sam Dibling, ‘Rise’ were certainly on top but the half ended goalless.
The second period saw the game come to life. Jack Farrant’s strike on the ‘Pins’ goal skimmed the upright.
Millwey’s Brook Wilkins made a strong run-on goal but his powerful shot was grabbed by the keeper. The same player then set up Sam Dibling who fired home Millwey’s first goal.
The visitors took every opportunity to attack the home side’s goal but were thwarted by a resolute back line of Ty Allen, Matt Lewis and Alex Rockett plus the safe hands of Jason Hoole in goal.
Nathan Womersley saw his long range shot on the run rise inches over the visitor’s bar before another powerful Wilkins run was gratefully smothered by their keeper.
Fraser Beament came close to increasing the lead when he poked the ball just wide from a corner.
Pinhoe then showed they were not out of the game when one of their attacks culminated with the ball crashing against the ‘Rise’ upright. Wilkins again put the visitor’s defence to the sword as he cut in from the right forcing the keeper to make a smart save.
Millwey’s final, and deserved goal came from defender Ty Allen’s thunderous, close range strike.
This was another good, all-round team performance for ‘Rise’ and, if there had to be a Man of the Match then it would go to Brook Wilkins for the constant problems he caused the visitor’s defence.
Millwey’s next match is ‘over-the-hedge’ against neighbours Axminster Town Reserves in the ‘Firewatch’ Devon Senior Cup this coming Wednesday May 5) with kick-off being 6.30pm.