22nd Sep, 2019

Millers hit Star for six in cup

Liam Moakes 21st Aug, 2019

FECKENHAM powered into the next round of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup thanks to a routine 6-0 victory at Continental Star U21s on Saturday.

The Millers made a host of changes to the team which earned a point against champions Northfield Town, including selecting 20-year-old Tristan Roberts in goal.

Feckenham were dominant throughout but, despite going close through Jak Albutt and Jamie Hatfield, had to wait until the 29th minute for the breakthrough when neat play between Max Tibbins and Danny Murphy released James Mudie on the right and his firm cross was converted by Albutt.

Feckenham were somewhat wasteful in the first half but did increase their advantage when Ben Cox’s corner’s was met by the head of Jordan Adams who powered a near-post header into the net.

The second half commenced with a roar from Villa Park in the background and the hosts enjoyed their best spell of the game as Roberts was forced into a low save, but a penalty was then awarded to Feckenham following a foul on Mudie, only for Jake Donnelly to blaze it high and wide.

Donnelly made amends shortly afterwards with a 23-yard strike to make it 3-0 and it was soon 4-0 when Murphy’s driving run was finished by Mudie who arrowed a low shot into the net.

George Tolley then had a ‘goal’ ruled out when the referee deemed his effort not to have crossed the line, to the surprise of many, but there was no doubting the outcome when Mudie beat the offside trap before finishing calmly.

The scoring was completed when Donnelly doubled his tally for the afternoon with a header from Cox’s set-piece.

The Millers, with four points from two games, return to Midland League Division Two action on Saturday at Coton Green before hosting Redditch Borough on Monday (3pm). Report compiled by Phil Tattersall.

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