A RESURGENT second half display from Feckenham ensured they progressed into the semi-finals of the Worcestershire Junior Cup with a 5-1 home win over Worcester Raiders Reserves.
It had been 19 days since the Millers’ last competitive action and rustiness was clearly evident in the opening 25 minutes as Feckenham failed to play with any vigour.
The visitors took a deserved 11th-minute lead and Feckenham remained sloppy in their play until they were handed a lifeline on 31 minutes when a deep free kick from Umit Eminoglu was fumbled by keeper Farnsworth who would still go on to have a fine game despite the full-time score.
However, on this occasion Billy Garvey reacted quickest and dispatched well to draw the Millers level.
Changes in personnel were made at the break and Feckenham were much-improved as Danny Murphy began to be a real threat and his hard work and tenacity was rewarded on 51 minutes.
The midfield man received the ball from Ben Cox and drifted past his marker at ease on the halfway line, before driving deep into the Raiders half and cutting inside to dispatch low past an outstretched Farnsworth.
After blazing high and wide, Garvey grabbed his second goal of the game when he latched on to Eminoglu’s pass and his strength, power and speed saw him find space in the Raiders area before converting with style.
Ben Ellicott showed neat footwork to make it 4-1 before the scoring was completed when, for the second time in the match, Connor Perry-Holmes provided the assist for Ellicott to score.
Fifth-placed Feckenham, who will visit Worcester City Reserves in the semi-final in February, are weather permitting due to host Hampton in Midland League Division Two at the Entaco on Saturday (2pm).