BY COLIN MUNFORD
A LAST gasp Sherwin Stanley header sealed Millers first win of the Ryman Premier campaign.
The recent capture from Brentwood was in the perfect position to get on the end of Mitch Hahn’s pin point cross to give Aveley their twelfth consecutive away win.
Jamie Lunan once again proved vital in goal by a couple of a first class saves, most notably from the penalty spot.
Stanley had replaced Neil Richmond in the starting line up, and he immediately forged a promising partnership with Martin Tuohy, on several occasions linking up well.
It looked promising for the duo as early as the second minute as Sam Holloway’s through ball found Stanley who poked the ball into the box and home keeper Greg Nessling just managed to beat Tuohy to the ball.
Lunan was in superb form at the other end saving well from both Tim and Ade Olorunda.
The home defence was once again split as Ryan Doyle’s delivery found Stanley whose shot was tipped wide for a corner.
But on occasions the Millers let possession slip and after gifting the ball to Hastings they ultimately paid the price when Nicky Symonds pulled down Sam Adams just inside the box.
Adams picked himself up and took the penalty only to be denied by an excellent stop low down to Lunan’s right.
After the break, the Millers started promisingly and almost took advantage of a slip up in the first minute as Nessling spilt Matt Johnson’s cross but the defence managed to scramble it away with Tuohy inches away from giving the visitors the lead.
Another good interchange between Stanley and Tuohy saw Sam Lechmere with a chance at the back post but the winger fluffed his effort wide.
For all the chances Aveley were creating they couldn’t find that elusive final touch and the home side almost took full advantage of Matt Johnson’s misplaced back pass as Scott Ramsay rounded Lunan, but was denied by an excellent last ditch tackle from Michael Alaile.
With ten minutes left to go, the most likely result looked to be point which each side would have been happy with.
Ade Olorunda managed to get on the end of a right wing cross but guided his effort agonisingly wide for the hosts, and with two minutes left on the clock Aveley popped up with the winner.
An inspired substitution by Millers boss Rod Stringer saw Mitch Hahn replace Sam Letchmere, and the winger was able to put the ball in the perfect position for Sherwin Stanley to come in from the back post and head past Nessling to give the Aveley their first three point haul, and stand them in good stead for Saturday’s clash with a fellow newly promoted side Kingstonian.
Aveley: Jamie Lunan, Ryan Doyle, Sam Holloway, Nicky Symonds, Michael Alaile, Richard Ketchell, Junior Dadson, Matthew Johnson, Sherwin Stanley (Garry Skerritt 92), Martin Tuohy (Piers Wixon 86), Sam Lechmere (Mitch Hahn 76)
Subs not used: Darren Blewitt, Neil Richmond.