FECKENHAM assistant manager Tom Davies admitted it was a pleasant surprise to see the Millers collect maximum points despite not being at their best in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Hampton.
Victory moved the Millers moved eight points clear of second bottom Hampton in Midland League Division Two and Davies was content with the manner of the success.
“Firstly, everyone at the club was just happy that football was back on after another couple of games falling foul of the weather,” said Davies.
“It was a very scrappy game with the pitch conditions not really allowing either side to keep possession for any period of time.
“It wasn’t a fantastic game to watch, we didn’t play well, but we came out of it with a deserved three points.
“That’s a huge change for us. To get three points we normally need everything to go right on the day.
“It shows how far this group has already come on. The younger players are maturing and the group as a whole are starting to reap the rewards of training well and playing extra games.
“On Saturday we visit a Fairfield Villa side who have secured impressive back-to-back wins. In our last encounter it took a very good strike to separate the teams and I think it will be another close game with both sides looking to continue in winning form.”
Midway through the first half Hampton were reduced to ten men when one of their players was sent off for head-butting Ryan Edwards.
The hosts took advantage of their numerical superiority to take a deserved lead shortly before the break when Umit Eminoglu’s fine lobbed pass released Adam Garmson who fired a low strike past the onrushing keeper.
Hampton were given renewed hope shortly into the second period when Edwards was sent off for two yellow cards – the second to his bemusement prior to a Hampton free kick.
However, Feckenham remained the better team and sealed victory when man of the match Jack Brimmell waltzed past two defenders before scoring.