ASSISTANT manager Ryan Young praised Feckenham’s resilience despite being far from their best in Saturday’s topsy-turvy 3-2 home win over lower-ranked Enville Athletic in the Les James Challenge Cup first round.
The visitors took the lead in the 41st minute through Matthew Parke with the game’s first shot on target before the half-time introductions of Connor Perry-Holmes and Dan Sutton sparked the home side into life.
Sutton drew the Millers level, albeit in fortuitous fashion when his 22-yard strike could only be fumbled into the net by the Athletic keeper.
Perry-Holmes, Billy Garvey and Danny Murphy began to link up well for the Millers but Enville regained the lead against the run of play when Parke was left in far too much space and was able to rifle home from 20 yards in the 71st minute.
Feckenham’s hopes of progressing were further dented when Garvey was sin-binned for ten minutes but the depleted Millers levelled when an inch-perfect pass from Jordan Adams released Murphy who composed himself well and he superbly looped an effort beyond the Enville goalkeeper.
With time running out and penalties looming, Feckenham edged themselves in front on 86 minutes when Garvey made amends by nicking the ball from the visitors and released Jamie Hatfield whose drilled through ball set Ben Cox on his way.
Another dangerous cross from Cox was only half dealt with by Enville and Murphy was on hand to capitalise on the mishap by striking home from eight yards.
Young said: “Saturday certainly wasn’t our best performance of the season and it was a bit of a roller-coaster on the sidelines but enjoyable for the neutral.
“One of the positives was the character, belief and togetherness the group showed. We have managed to get into the hat for the next round and in reality that’s the most important thing.
“We’ve found a way to win when things weren’t easy and we weren’t at our best which is what good sides do and it was good to get back to winning ways after being beaten against in my opinion the run of play the previous week.
“We now go into another tough game in the league on Saturday at Bolehall Swifts, who are always a physical and competitive outfit and who were in Midland League Division One not so long ago.
“We need to maintain our momentum as a side and keep the positivity going about the club as we look to achieve the targets set at the start of the season.”