Football: Last gasp win for Aveley

Ryman Div One North

Aveley 3 v 2 Great Wakering Rovers

YOU would take a long time trying to find a more dominant display from the Millers so far this season, which if not for debutante keeper Charlie Huntley in the Great Wakering goal it could’ve really been five or six goals before the half time whistle.

We dominated for 75 minutes of this match with Arian Retkoceri having the first chance within minutes, but a smart save from Charlie Huntley denied Arian a goal.

Leon Gordon had his chance for Rovers, but it was only a 20 yarder which Lamar Jospeh-Johnson always had covered.

Within six minutes Aveley had three glorious chances but somehow Huntely kept both South Essex sides level. Sherwin Stanleywas first to see his pile driver tipped away by the Rovers keeper, and only a few second later a clever run from Taylor Tombidessaw his hooked attempt parried aside again by Huntley.

Taylor Tombides was causing all sorts of problems for the Great Wakering defence, his mazey run got himself into a shooting position but he just couldn’t connect with it enough to give the Millers the lead.

The deadlock was finally broken after fifteen minutes. Arian Retkoceri received the ball about 25-yards-out, and fired an absolute screamer past Charlie Huntley to give the Millers an overdue lead. Aveley 1-0 Great Wakering Rovers.

A minute after the goal Arian Retkoceri got the ball again but was this time upended by a really shocking tackle from James Pugsley, as the Rovers right back was off the ground and went into the back of Arian with studs raised and two feet, somehow only a yellow card. Which Arian Retkoceri was also booked for his reaction to receiving such a nasty challenge.

Sherwin Stanley came so close to doubling our lead, a nice one-two with Arian Retkoceri left Stanley at quite a tight angle and his shot found the side netting.

Millers top scorer, Sherwin Stanley, was soonafter involved again, he held the ball up really well for George Woodward who saw his stinging effort saved very well from Charlie Huntley.

Another few guilt edge chances saw the Millers fail to extend their lead. Arian Retkoceri saw his shot blocked and drop just wide of the Rovers right hand post, and a minute later a superb reaction save from Huntley denied a Sherwin Stanley header at his near post.

Half Time | Aveley 1-0 Great Wakering Rovers (Arian Retkoceri 16)

In the second half Great Wakering played with a bit more purpose and belief, but a good defensive header from Perry Dunncleared the danger away at near post after Jacob Cleaver saw his effort deflect off of Ajibola Ashanike towards the goal.

Michael Pindy was brought on to give the Millers that added bit of pace to get in behind the Rovers defence and it worked a treat. With his first involvement of play he broke through down the right hand side, found Taylor Tombides at the back post but his right footed half-volley was again kept out by Huntley.

Abs Seymour was the next to be frustrated by Huntley, Billy Coyne played it into Abs Seymour who shaped onto his left foot and curled an effort into the top corner, but Huntley somehow clawed it away.

The Millers then hit the bar on the 70th minute, a Taylor Tombides header was deflected and looped onto the top of the crossbar and out for a corner. The second goal just seemed like it wouldn’t go in.

But we did eventually double our lead, a lovely ball through from Abs Seymour found Michael Pindy who beat the offside trap, raced on through and had the composure to tap it past the Rovers keeper to give Millers that breathing space. Aveley 2-0 Great Wakering Rovers.

That two goal buffer however, did not last long. With their second chance of the half and third of the match ex-Miller Kyle Asante managed to use his strength to get through on goal and then squeeze his shot passed Lamar Joseph-Johnson to give the visitors an unlikely chance for a comeback.

With the frustration of conceding that goal and not getting a more than deserved clean sheet, a minute later Lamar was then booked for kicking the ball away after the Millers got an offiside call.

Great Wakering were now definitely back in this game and moments later they were an inch away from equalising. A corner found Hilder who had a free-header but somehow he didn’t find the goal.

The game really opened up with five minutes left as the Millers hunted for their third and Wakering fighting for their leveller.George Woodward was so unlucky not to score a goal, a brilliant driving run saw him pass three players before letting rip with a thunderous effort but it just found the wrong side of the left hand post.

A minute after George’s effort, Wakering got their equaliser. Again from a set-piece, corner came in and Tommy Spillane thundered in a header back off the underside of the bar, which looked to have given Rovers an unlikely and perhaps unjust point. Aveley 2-2 Great Wakering Rovers.

Maybe in previous seasons the Millers might have dropped their heads, but we kept going as Taylor Tombides ball foundSherwin Stanley whose goal-bound shot was saved by Great Wakering’s captain John Easterford which saw the Millers given a late, late penalty and the Wakering captain a red card. Last season we missed around 13 penalties, so this was a massive moment and Billy Coyne stepped up and buried it into the bottom right hand corner which gave the Millers all three points! Aveley 3-2 Great Wakering Rovers.

Full Time | Aveley 3-2 Great Wakering Rovers (Arian Retkoceri 16, Michael Pindy 75, Billy Coyne (P) 90 – Kyle Asante 77, Tom Spillane 85)

Attendance | 89

Aveley: Lamar Joseph-Johnson, Brian Okwera (Frankie Sinclair 56), George Woodward, Billy Coyne, Perry Dunn, Ajibola Ashanike, Olumide Oluwatimilehin, Abs Seymour (C), Sherwin Stanley (Jordan Peart 90), Arian Retkoceri (Michael Pindy 57),Taylor Tombides.

Scorers – Adrian Retkoceri (16′), Michael Pindy (75′), Billy Coyne (90′)

Great Wakering Rovers: Charlie Huntley, James Pugsley, Tommy Spillane, Nick Hilder, John Easterford, Joshua Banton, Kyle Asante, Malaki Toussaint, Leon Gordon (Jacob Cleaver 45), Jay Nash, Billy Johnson (Charlie Barlow 66).

Scorers – Kyle Asante (77), Tom Spillane (85′)

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