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No reason to panic says Davies

Redditch Editorial 19th Sep, 2019

FECKENHAM head coach Tom Davies was in philosophical mood after the Millers’ unbeaten start to the Midland League Division Two season was ended by Barnt Green Spartak.

Feckenham had taken 16 points from their opening six matches of the campaign but Saturday’s visitors produced a smash and grab performance to seal all three points with a 2-1 success.

Despite the setback, Davies is confident his side have the capability to produce an instant response when they host Division Three side Enville Athletic in the Les James Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Davies said: “Naturally it’s never nice to lose any game of football but this felt worse as we had limited Barnt Green Spartak to a few chances and created a hatful of our own.

“The boys were given a stern talking to by the gaffer (Aaron Blackwood) post-game but it’s an honest group, a good group, so they know….they’ve accepted it.

“We’ll regroup together and it’s a reminder we have to be consistently hitting our standards to continue earning the positive results we want.

“We’ve got three cup fixtures in the next four games and we’ve got some guys who are champing at the bit to get a starting shirt. They’ll get their opportunity and competition for places will be right up there in the coming months.”

Feckenham dominated much of Saturday’s match but missed chance after chance both before and after taking a 30th-minute lead when Ben Ellicott reacted quickest from a long throw to strike home.

It was 1-1 on 70 minutes following a clever move on the left which ended with Mark Steele finding himself in space before dispatching the ball low past Ryan Young.

The winner arrived nine minutes later when a cross from deep found Joshua Pitters who lost his marker Daniel Williams at the far post and his headed effort looped over an outstretched Young and nestled into the far corner of the net.

Feckenham were left to rue missed numerous chances by Jak Albutt, Ellicott, James Mudie and Jamie Hatfield.

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