18th Nov, 2019

Rampant Millers on the charge

Redditch Editorial 24th Oct, 2019

FECKENHAM continue their Midland League Division Two promotion push on Saturday (2pm) when they host FC Stratford.

Millers assistant manager Ryan Young hailed a “fantastic” performance and result after Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Coton Green – thanks to goals from Jack Cole, Billy Garvey and Ben Ellicott – lifted Feckenham into second place.

Young said: “Saturday was a fantastic result against Coton Green but what was particularly pleasing for us was it was probably our best all-round team performance for a number of weeks.

“We have spoken about the need to be more clinical in front of goal and it was great to see more potency when chances came our way and it was a scoreline that has been coming.

“It probably could have been more in fairness. It was great to see Billy Garvey and Jack Cole net their first goals for the club – both were well deserved given their contributions to the game.

“Just as pleasing is how solid we looked defensively in keeping another clean sheet and I have to praise Ben Welsh, Jamie Hatfield and Jordan Adams for the way they marshalled the defence, limiting Coton to very few notable opportunities.

“Saturday starts the run of some very difficult fixtures for us. We welcome a talented and well-drilled FC Stratford side managed by a very good manager in Dave Poulson.

“They have had some good results this season against strong opposition and also have some locally-based players we know well, so in order to get something out of this one we will need to be at our best.”

The Millers took an 11th-minute lead against Coton when Cole put the finishing touches to a fine move involving himself, Umit Eminoglu, Garvey and Jak Albutt.

Ben Cox then fired against the post and Eminoglu saw his effort cannon off the crossbar as the hosts continued to dominate but there was no further scoring before the break.

It was 2-0 on 58 minutes when a long through ball from Adams released Garvey who raced clear and the forward composed himself before shooting low past the Coton goalkeeper to spark scenes of jubilation.

Coton began to threaten and Young was increasingly called into action, including a fine save to tip an effort on to the post, but Feckenham sealed a deserved win when another marauding run from Cole ended with him finding Ellicott whose deft first touch allowed him time to side-foot home past a helpless Coton custodian with six minutes remaining.

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