KJM SPORT REPORT Millbrook AFC 1 Ilfracombe Town 1

What some teams would do for a five-week break right now. Alas, the Western League continues while those at the very top take leave as many of their players head for the World Cup in Qatar.
On Saturday, Millbrook had to settle for a home point against Clem Bennellick's hard-working Ilfracombe after spurning a number of chances to secure all three.

Sean Thomson’s 40th minute penalty was cancelled out by a fine goal from winger Liam Short seven minutes into the second half.

Millbrook boss Macca Brown said: “I think Ilfracombe will perhaps be a little happier with a point than us, but we can’t be too despondent with the result, especially after last week when we played so well for long stages and came home with nothing.

“We certainly didn’t play as well on Saturday, I don’t for one second think that we were much better than Ilfracombe either, which is why I can’t argue with a point.

“In fact I think they probably showed more general quality than us between the boxes, but we had some unbelievable chances that would have had their hearts in their mouths a few times over the course of the second half that have to be taken from our point of view.”

Brown went on: “People might focus on our missed penalty in the second half, but we actually had three chances that I thought were better that we didn’t take.

“Josh (Toulson) slammed a shot over the bar from a matter of yards, Thommo shot wide in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and Jake (Foster) headed straight at the goalkeeper at the back post. All clear chances which at this level have to be taken to win games.

“We defended brilliantly on a really boggy pitch, and I don’t recall too many chances for them, they were a threat at set pieces and the goal was a beauty, rifled in from 25 yards so I was delighted with that side of our game, we just weren’t clinical enough at the other end.

“But a point is ok, we are doing well in a tough spell of games every few days and have to keep picking up points as we go.

“The schedule remains relentless which is unusual for November and it’s starting to take its toll with injuries but the lads are coping well and there’s a few teams in the same situation.”

So, back on the road for Millbrook. A near 300-mile round trip to face bottom of the table Keynsham on Saturday. They might just be back home in Cornwall for the start of the World Cup on Sunday!

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