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Millers Reserves sink champions in final game

Liam Moakes 10th May, 2017

FECKENHAM Reserves ended the Stratford Alliance Division One campaign in fine style with a 2-1 victory at champions Badsey United.

With reserve team manager Spencer Stirling on holiday, assistant manager Kristian Rock took sole charge of the Millers on an entertaining afternoon.

The opening exchanges saw Badsey United create the better chances as they forced Tristan Roberts into a fine save from distance whilst sloppy passes saw United break free and come close to finding the breakthrough.

Feckenham settled and Jake Donnelly fired straight at the keeper before Jay Wright’s strike was tipped around the post for a corner.

Jordan Adams then headed just the wrong side of the Badsey post before the visitors deservedly took the lead when Craig Walker broke clear before finishing coolly low past the Badsey keeper.

The Millers doubled their lead on 35 minutes when centre back Adams, who has developed a habit of scoring goals for the second string when called upon, pounced on a goalkeeping error and struck home from a difficult angle.

Knowing the destiny of the title was in doubt due to goal difference, the hosts stepped up a gear in the second half and soon struck the bar with a free kick.

However, Feckenham thought they had made it 3-0 when Danny Murphy rifled a 25-yarder into the back of the net, only for the effort to be ruled out for an adjudged foul by Wright in the build-up.

Badsey then piled on the pressure but the impressive Roberts refused to be beaten, including saving a hotly-contested penalty.

The hosts finally got on the scoresheet through Kyle Ballard late on but the visitors – who finished fourth – were not to be denied as Billy Holden-Parker’s brave clearance ensured three points.

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