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Millers edge to tense win

Redditch Editorial 12th Sep, 2019

FECKENHAM’S superb start to the Midland League Division Two season continued with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Coventry Alvis on Saturday.

Substitute Kristian Burnard was the hero for the Millers, who have 16 points from five games and now face another Entaco clash this weekend when Barnt Green Spartak visit on Saturday.

The hosts took the lead midway through the first half when Jak Albutt reached the byline and pulled the ball back towards the penalty spot where Connor Perry-Holmes showed great skill to control the ball under pressure before firing home right-footed.

However, that was the end of Albutt’s involvement as he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury and the hosts were indebted to returning keeper Tristan Roberts for keeping their lead intact as he made several smart stops including denying Dildale Linton from close range.

Feckenham’s Billy Garvey had a 20-yard strike tipped over the bar by the Alvis keeper before the visitors had penalty appeals waved away and Roberts held a stinging long-range shot as the first half drew to a close.

Alvis were the better team after the restart and wasted a glorious chance before finally equalising on the hour mark when a cross into the Feckenham box was only half dealt with, allowing Abdul Muhammad to power home a fine strike from 25 yards.

Despite two headed efforts from Jordan Adams, the Millers appeared likely to take a point at most but their team spirit and character was evident despite a below-par display and they stole maximum points in the 93rd minute when a long throw was worked into Ben Welsh who headed back across goal and a scramble ensued before Burnard reacted quickest to fire into the roof of the net.

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