Millbrook 4-0 Bridport

Aug 16, 2021

Any signs of an After the Lord Mayor’s Show performance from Millbrook following their midweek exploits at Saltash were swept aside with a dominant display against struggling Bridport at Jenkins Park.

Striker Ben Holter scored twice and other goals came from Rikki Shepherd and substitute Ben Applegate as the Brook recorded their first Western League premier division victory.

Millbrook took until the 35thminute to break through with a Holter goal from close range after a goalmouth scramble and manager Mackenzie Brown said: “As soon as we got the goal it gave us a good foundation for the second half.

“Our second half performance was brilliant – dominant and patient – and we played much better football and caused them a lot of problems.”

When the superb Holter doubled Millbrook’s lead after 53 minutes following good work by Shepherd and Sam Morcom, the home side visibly relaxed and it was only a matter of time before they added more goals.

Shepherd’s 68th minute finish came via a spill by Bridport goalkeeper Jordan Scadding from Tom Payne’s free kick from the right and substitute Applegate completed the scoring deep into added time from Laurence Murray’s corner.

Murray’s midfield contribution was exceptional and with Morcom blossoming along the left wing, Millbrook are looking strong.

They also had the boost of the return from the bench of the influential Jake Foster, making his first appearance of the season after suffering a hamstring strain in a training session a few days before the opener against Mousehole.

Foster was only on for the last 20 minutes but he reminded supporters of what he brings to the table.

Bridport went into this game having lost their opening three league games and rarely threatened to end the losing streak.

An injury to centre half Dan Baggs after only 14 minutes didn’t help their cause but to their credit the young Bees kept battling away.