Brislington 0-2 Millbrook

Dec 23, 2021

Top scorer Rikki Shepherd marked his return to the side with two goals as Millbrook stretched their unbeaten run, without conceding a goal, to six matches at Brislington on Saturday.

Shepherd had been unavailable for three of the last four Millbrook fixtures but he proved he has lost none of his sharpness by netting in the 59th and 87th minutes, his 18th and 19th goals of the season.

That’s now five wins in six for the Brook and the last league goal they conceded was on October 16 against Cadbury Heath.

Manager Mackenzie Brown said: “It was a really good performance, we started a little sluggishly which isn’t unusual as you shake the journey out of the legs, and we conceded a couple of chances in that time, but I sensed we really took control of the game from half an hour onwards.

“We spoke about a couple of things at half-time where we felt we could improve and full credit to the players they took the information on board and delivered.

“They were outstanding in the second half, especially the first 20 minutes or so where we played in their half and got the important first goal and then managed the game well from then on.

“Overall we are delighted with three points; those kind of games quite easily finish 0-0 unless you have the courage to take initiative and control of the game, which isn’t always easy to do because you have to be brave on the ball and try to play.

“I felt like we did that in the second half, we went out and earned the points with the quality our performance which made for a good coach trip home.”

Macca continues to enjoy Millbrook’s first season in the Western League.

He said: “It was another excellent ground to visit. The pitch for this time of year was in superb condition and I love the enclosed grounds like Brislington and Clevedon a couple of weeks ago.”

Brown also paid tribute to the supporters who made the trip north, saying: “It was great to see some super support for the lads for those who made the trip up on the coach with the team.

“We’ve been to a few away fixtures this season where it’s just been the the team and management at times and it makes such a big difference and gives the team a lift so I’d like to thank those who came up and cheered us on.”

Millbrook’s excellent form over the last five weeks will be tested to the full on Saturday when they travel to second in the table Bitton, beaten 1-0 at leaders Tavistock.