FECKENHAM moved to within ten points of Midland League Division Two leaders Solihull United with three games in hand after easing past the table-toppers 3-0 at the Entaco on Saturday.
Having gone four tough games without a victory, such an impressive return to winning ways was hugely welcome for a Millers side missing Billy Garvey, Umit Eminoglu, Max Tibbins and Liam Fullerton, although the hosts were able to welcome back Jack Cole, George Lutwyche, Nath Simon and Ben Ellicott, whilst new signing Kev Ingram was handed his debut.
The Millers started the better of the two sides and a trademark Jake Donnelly throw-in caused mayhem in the visitors’ area and was eventually headed on to his own crossbar by the Solihull defender.
Moments later, an exquisite Jordan Adams cross was headed inches wide by Connor Perry-Holmes before Donnelly’s throw continued to be problematic for the visitors and United keeper Ben Maxwell was called into action again, this time tipping the resulting throw over his crossbar.
On 14 minutes, an over-hit Solihull cross caught the wind and hit the Feckenham bar before going out for a goal kick.
The visitors hit the woodwork again when Ryan Young tipped Harry Eden’s effort on to the bar but half-time arrived goalless as the windy conditions continued to cause havoc.
Feckenham took the lead on 49 minutes when a fine Perry-Holmes corner found Danny Murphy who lost his marker before heading home through the narrowest of gaps.
The Millers continued to defend resolutely and continued to dominate large parts of proceedings as Jamie Hatfield and Donnelly both headed wide before Jack Cole blazed high and wide.
The advantage was doubled midway through the second half when another corner from Perry-Holmes was met by Hatfield who leapt highest and powered home his first goal of the season.
It was not all Feckenham, however, and Kobe Chong saw a goalbound effort well blocked by Ben Welsh, who was superb all afternoon.
Young was also called into action and saved well from Gerrard Sam before Feckenham put the outcome beyond doubt when a marauding run by Murphy ended with him being brought down on the edge of the area by Efe Unuarhemhen and Donnelly curled a fine free kick beyond the reach of Maxwell.
The fourth-placed Millers visit Barnt Green Spartak on Saturday before another away fixture at Earlswood Town on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, on the back of Eminoglu turning down Racing Club Warwick, talented left wing-back Cole has chosen to stay with Feckenham following a generous offer from Division One promotion hopefuls Studley and Ellicott has also agreed to remain with the Millers following an approach from divisional rivals FC Stratford.
Report compiled with the help of Phil Tattersall.