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Postponement allows Millers players some recovery time

Liam Moakes 14th Dec, 2017

FECKENHAM manager Aaron Blackwood preferred to look at the positives after seeing Saturday’s Midland League Division Two fixture at Fairfield Villa fall victim to the wintry conditions.

The Millers are eight matches unbeaten in league and cup and, after enjoying a 3-2 victory over Villa at the Entaco in their previous encounter, were looking for a repeat success over the same opposition seven days later.

However, the snow won the day and Blackwood and Co will hope for better luck this Saturday (2pm), when Feckenham are due to host Droitwich.

The postponement has, however, provided added recovery time for some of Blackwood’s players who are carrying knocks.

“Of course we’re frustrated with the postponement, but there is nothing anyone could do,” said the manager.

“We’re in a very good run of form at the moment and want to be playing. The boys have applied themselves well, they’re working hard and receiving the rewards for their efforts which is pleasing.

“We know there’s still a long way to go, a lot of football to be played and we know we must keep improving.

“It’s been a very intense period and we’ve had Jordan Adams, Umit Eminoglu, Jack Brimmell, Danny Murphy and others playing with strains and with minor knocks so maybe we can look at the game being off as a little blessing in disguise. It gave those boys a well deserved chance to rest and recover.

“I’m expecting a fair few postponements on Saturday but we’ve been back training, preparing ourselves for another tough fixture against a good Droitwich side and I’m confident it’ll be one that our boys are up for.”

Seventh placed Feckenham, who trail second placed Montpellier by seven points with two games in hand, have been drawn to host Droitwich in the semi-finals of the Worcestershire Junior Urn on Saturday, January 27.

Spa progressed from the previous round thanks to a comprehensive 7-0 win over Evesham United U21s, whilst it was a victory on penalties which saw the Millers overcome Midland League Division Three side Inkberrow in the last eight.

Elsewhere, after being reinstated into the competition, Fairfield Villa beat Malvern Town U21s 2-0 to set up a semi-final against Gloucestershire Northern Senior League outfit Welland, who got the better of last season’s county cup winners Worcester Raiders.

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