12th Dec, 2019

Millers boss salutes hard-working team effort

HEAD coach Tom Davies said Feckenham’s victory against high-flying Moor Green Academy epitomised the Millers’ impressive campaign so far.

Feckenham defeated the previously unbeaten Midland League Division Two table-toppers 4-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the Les James Challenge Cup at Boldmere St Michaels on Saturday.

Davies said: “Saturday’s performance epitomises everything this group stands for. They’re a hardworking group who have the resilience to defend doggedly but have the quality in possession to play a good brand of football and create chances.

“We’ve started very well but it’s only recently we’ve really started to find the Feckenham of old that can be so difficult to break down and play against.

“We won’t get carried away, however, as the boys know it’s on to the next game now and our target as always is to strive for consistency in both league and cup campaigns.”

Moor Green Academy have won 11 of their 12 league matches to sit 12 points above fourth-placed Feckenham – who have three games in hand – so the visiting Millers knew they were in for a tough test.

However, despite falling behind in the third minute, the Millers drew level ten minutes later when Jordan Adams’ defence-splitting pass released Connor Perry-Holmes who beat the offside trap and fired past onrushing keeper Ben Maxwell.

Chances continued to come and go for both sides before Feckenham took the lead shortly before half-time when neat build-up play ended with Billy Garvey easing past his marker before rifling home.

Feckenham felt aggrieved on 68 minutes when firstly an appeal for a penalty following what they deemed a handball was waved away, before moments later a foul initially deemed inside the box on Umit Eminoglu was pulled back to a free kick on the edge of the area, much to everyone’s disbelief.

Garvey was subsequently sin-binned for his protest, consequently reducing the Millers to ten men for as many minutes and an equaliser duly arrived on 76 minutes when a free kick from the talented Cameron Ebbutt frustratingly went through the visitors’ wall and into the net.

However, it did not prove costly for Feckenham as Garvey, Eminoglu, Ben Cox and Daniel Williams all scored their penalties, whilst keeper Ryan Young saved two Moors spot-kicks to book a quarter-final at Barnt Green Spartak.

The Millers return to action on Tuesday at Highgate United’s Coppice ground in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup last 16.

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