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Millers assistant boss remains grounded after derby win

Liam Moakes 30th Aug, 2017

FECKENHAM’S joint assistant manager Tom Davies hailed his side’s powers of recovery after their Bank Holiday Monday derby victory over Redditch Borough – but insisted there is much for the Millers to improve on in this Midland League Division Two campaign.

Feckenham, who fell to a 3-2 defeat at Earlswood Town on Saturday after Danny Murphy’s brace had given them a 2-1 lead at the break, hit back to see off Borough 2-1 at the Entaco 48 hours later.

The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute when a corner from Umit Eminoglu was drilled into Murphy who, at the second attempt on the half-volley, dispatched the ball high past the visiting custodian.

The match swung from end to end for the remainder of the first half but there were no further goals in the opening period.

Feckenham then made a flying start to the second half when a long throw from Jake Donnelly was eventually cleared, only for Connor Perry-Holmes’ cross-shot to the far post to cause the visiting goalkeeper trouble before the ball was eventually bundled over the line by Ben Welsh.

Steve Joynes’ emphatic finish reduced the arrears for Julian Workman’s side and the visitors then piled on the pressure in the closing stages, but Aaron Blackwood’s men held firm to close out an impressive victory.

Davies: “Obviously we’re delighted to get the victory and a derby win is always that bit sweeter. We reacted again off the back of another disappointing result and second half performance away against Earlswood Town which was important.

“We have a run of tough games which will suit us but we need to put a run of performances and games together now, not just in patches.

“It’s set to be a very interesting league this season with a lot of sides taking points off each other early on.”

Third placed Feckenham host NKF Burbage in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup on Saturday whilst fifth placed Borough, for whom it was a first league defeat of the campaign, entertain Enville Athletic in the same competition.

Borough were 1-0 victors over visitors Montpellier in the Les James Challenge Cup on Saturday thanks to Dean Hay’s goal.

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