WESTERN LEAGUE Millbrook's "amazing run" continues

Millbrook AFC LogoMillbrook rediscovered their defensive cohesion with a hard-working draw against second in the table Bitton at Jenkins Park on Saturday.

A week after slumping 4-2 to Dobwalls in the Cornwall Senior Cup quarter-finals, Mackenzie Brown’s side we’re back to something like their best as they stretched their unbeaten league run to 10 games.

Macca said: “The lads in changing room were disappointed we didn’t take all three points in the end, but I don’t think anyone can argue that a draw was a fair result for both sides.

“Bitton are a much changed side in terms of their approach compared to when we faced them six weeks ago and full credit to their new management team for that.

“It was a tough game and they were difficult to break down, as were we, I thought it was a really good game.

“After conceding four last week, to keep a clean sheet was imperative so I was delighted with that, but also I was really pleased with our general play, particularly in the first half where I think we controlled the game really well and created good openings.

“We are on an amazing run in the league but we still feel some of the positive results in that time have masked one or two flaws in our game and those were really highlighted in our match against Dobwalls last week when we were very one dimensional which didn’t necessarily work on both a small pitch and when Rikki (Shepherd) couldn’t play.

“There were a few things we discussed this week on the back of that and I think we could see that in our game today and it’s a good step forward for us as a team and full credit to the players because they are always striving to find ways to get better.

“The first 20 minutes of the second half we lacked the quality of the first half so struggled, but with 15 minutes or so to go I thought we were strong and were going to nick it.

“I thought Jake Foster was a real threat, he had some good chances and was denied by some great saves by their keeper.

“He’s still finding match fitness after missing a month or so before Christmas and had he been a few games further down the line I think he would have won it for us as he was the player getting the chances but they were chances with very tired legs.

“But in the end I just think we ran out of time, had the game lasted another five minutes or so I would have fancied us and I wish I made the substitutions I did 10 minutes earlier or so, but perhaps after our result last week I was too cautious about not wanting to lose.”

SWSN Star Tom Payne 

KEVIN MARRIOTT's Millbrook match report will appear in this week's Saltash Voice - out on Wednesday!

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