Monday, September 26, 2022

Millermen back to winning ways against Harrow

Ryman Premier
Aveley 3 v 2 Harrow Borough

By Andrew Soul
Photography also courtesy of amsoul-images.com

Aveley bounced back from their 6-0 home mauling at the hands of League leaders, Billericay, with a hard working and just deserved victory against Harrow Borough.

The Millers took an early lead in the 13th minute when Daniel Francis was able to use his strength to spin Harrow’s Rickelle Christian, after the defender had got too tight, and the Aveley No11 slotted home calmly with his left foot past the despairing dive of Borough keeper, Jack Bonham.

Aveley continued to press and created several openings thanks to some slick movement, most noticeably from Billy Holland, Paul Burnett and the ever lively, Daniel Francis. They were rewarded with their second goal after 27 minutes, thanks to another excellent Francis finish, which this time was a spectacular right foot shot. After a couple of moments of pinball action inside the box, the ball fell to Francis, who almost side on to goal, hit a sweet snapshot that caught out the keeper and although he got a hand to it, he was unable to tip it over the crossbar.

This sparked Harrow into action and after just 30 minutes, they made a double substitution, which seemed to improve their performance. With just five minutes to go to the break, they pulled a goal back, after a fine left wing cross was headed brilliantly home by the towering and powerful striker, Danny Buckle. The same player almost levelled within the next two minutes when his fantastic 25 yard, half volleyed strike cannoned back off of the post, with Millers keeper Dave McCartney clutching at thin air.

Although Aveley started the second half in front, it wasn’t long until Harrow got a deserved equaliser. On 53 minutes, the ball found its way to Simeon Akinola on the edge of the box and after being afforded too much time, he scored with a fine left foot finish into the right hand side of the goal.

With this, you would’ve expected Harrow to be in the ascendancy and to be likely to grab the next goal, but thanks to the new found grit and determination that Justin Gardner has instilled in the Aveley squad, it was the home side that got the all important next, and it turned out winning, goal thanks to a stunning strike from substitute Kayan Kalipha. Alfie Kamara flicked the ball on and in the blink of an eye, former Dagenham man Kalipha spun and hit a left foot volley into the roof of the net.

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