Sunday, May 19, 2024

Football: Millers held by last gasp equaliser

Ryman Div One North

Aveley 1 v 1 Thamesmead Town

Report by Scott Hately

A 92nd minute Tyrus Gordon-Young equaliser prevented Aveley from making it third time lucky against fellow play-off hopefuls Thamesmead Town.

Justin Gardner felt the draw was a fair result at full time, but in truth it would have been harsh on the visitors if they would have come away from Mill Field without anything to show for their efforts after dominating the first half, hitting the bar and having two cleared off the line.

The second half started in much the same vain, but after Petrit Elbi and Jack Stevenson were introduced Aveley began to finally take a foothold in the match up.

Without being able to muster a shot on target, they were gifted a huge slice of luck in order to take the lead when Lewis Tozer turned the ball into his own net after Paul Burnett fired across a cross from the left.

It looked to have been the most classic of smash-and-grabs from the home side, but with two minutes of four added on at the end of game Tyrus Gordon-Young bundled home from a corner from close range to level the scores.

There was still time for new-boy Alex Read to potentially have the final say and steal all three points for the Millers, turning in the box brilliantly before curling an effort towards the top corner that was spectacularly tipped over the bar by Rob Budd.

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