Ryman Div One North
Aveley 1 v 1 Ware
MILLERS’ inconsistency cost them two points in the race for a Ryman One North play-off place on Saturday as they drew at home to perennial strugglers, Ware.
After Aaron Gayle had given the home side the lead after just six minutes it looked like Justin Gardner’s side were in for a routine win.
The goal came when a threaded through-ball from Brian Okwera ran perfectly for Gayle who had stayed onside and he calmly slotted the ball past Kwame Fordah.
But after failing to convert any further chances in the first half Aveley were punished when Tony Martin equalised in peculiar circumstances on 33 minutes. Martin sent a free kick towards goal which appeared to be comfortable for Jack Giddens, but the goalkeeper got his angles all wrong leaving the ball assuming it was going wide only for it to nestle in the back of the net.
After that the Millers failed to stamp any authority on the game. And although Ware didn’t look like grabbing a winner of their own, nor did Aveley.
Danny Hopkins had arguably the best chance to snatch a win when he skied over inside the penalty area and deep into injury time
the Millers carved out one final chance to snatch what arguably would have been an undeserved three points when the ball found its way to Chinedu McKenzie on the edge of the area, but the striker – who signed from Waltham Forest earlier in the week – dragged his shot harmlessly into the hands of Fordah.
That final opportunity all but summed up Aveley’s disappointing afternoon as they slipped to 12th in the league, nine points off the play-off places.