FECKENHAM headed into last night’s (Thursday) visit of runaway Midland League Division Two leaders NKF Burbage with mixed emotions after successive draws.
Fresh from their 3-2 derby win at Redditch Borough last Thursday thanks to goals from Jack Brimmell, Ben Welsh and Daniel Williams, the Millers were chasing a fourth successive win in all competitions when they hosted Bloxwich Town on Saturday.
After seeing Haden Smith dismissed for an off the ball incident in just the sixth minute, the hosts recovered to lead by half-time thanks to Umit Eminoglu’s goal.
However, after Bloxwich had also been reduced to ten men when Craig Ball received a second yellow card on 74 minutes for hauling down Brimmell as he surged clear on goal, the visitors then levelled ten minutes from time when Jordan Adams put through his own goal after a mix-up with keeper Josh Goddard.
Following the 1-1 draw, three days later Feckenham fell behind against visitors Earlswood Town but recovered to lead 2-1 thanks to fine goals either side of the break from captain Jake Donnelly and Brimmell.
However, Earlswood were not finished and a headed goal at the near post from a corner made it 2-2 on 77 minutes, leaving the Millers wondering what might have been.
Feckenham, sixth ahead of last night’s game, host Barnt Green Spartak on Saturday before continuing their hectic schedule with a Presidents Cup semi-final at Hampton on Tuesday and a home league game against Smithswood Firs on Thursday.
Millers joint assistant manager Tom Davies said: “It’s been a disappointing week post the derby victories against Fairfield Villa and Redditch Borough.
“Going down to ten men against Bloxwich for 80-odd minutes of a game was always going to make the task difficult.
“The lads worked hard and I felt we created the better chances, however, fatigue took its course and we weren’t able to get over the line.
“We came away from Tuesday night with mixed emotions as we completely dominated the game and had countless chances, but we didn’t punish the opposition and credit to Earlswood who took their chances and left with a draw which, given how poor we were in front of goal, was a fair result.”