Ryman Div One North
Brentwood Town 1 v 2 Aveley
Report by Jamie Manktelow
Clinical Millers defeat Brentwood
For the first time since 2013 the Millers recorded an away victory in the league at the Brentwood Arena.
It was a great defensive display by the Millers as Brentwood Town controlled the ball and passed it around really well, but lacked that end product with ex-Miller Lamar Reynolds unable to add to his sixteen goals as he was was out injured.
Aveley got off to the perfect start, first Dan Odamo tried his luck from long range but his 35-yard effort was well saved by Brentwood’s keeper Joe Taylor.
A few minutes after that the Millers took the lead, a nice ball from Adalberto Pinto found Tunde Adewunmi who on his second start for us powered a left footed effort into the bottom corner.
The hosts came back very strongly, with Matt Hall and Marcus Milner causing all sorts of troubles for the Millers. Marcus Milner created an opportunity for Hall, but the cross was met by an air kick. A minute after that Marcus Milner again made problems but Harry Gibbs was across well to clear the ball away.
A brilliant save from Lamar Johnson helped keep Brentwood Town out on the 12th minute mark, Charlie Georgiou met a Matt Hall free-kick free at the back post, the Millers defence were waiting for the offside flag, but it never came. Thankfully Lams was at hand to keep out Georgiou.
Our front two combined for a chance but after Tunde Adewunmi headed down, Jeremiah Maja flashed an effort over the crossbar.
Brentwood controlled the ball for much of the first half and Matt Hall had another chance but his effort lacked power and conviction as Lamar Johnson saved comfortably.
Despite pressure from the hosts the Millers were defending superbly and when needed to our forwards were clinical as Jeremiah Maja proved on 29 minutes.
Right now one on one there is no one else you’d want to have the ball then Jeremiah Maja as again he showed brilliant composure to get his fifth of the season since joining the Millers from Cockfosters. Jeremiah Maja was put through superbly and curled it past Joe Taylor into the bottom right hand corner.
To be fair to the hosts they didn’t down tools and they ramped up the pressure on the Aveley goal. Adalberto Pinto was forced to clear the ball just over our own crossbar after Sam Owusu misfired at our goal.
Moments after that brilliant blocks from Nick Skelton and then a wonderful fingertip save by Lamar Johnson who tipped it onto the post, the ball bounced back into the clutch of Lamar.
Lamar Johnson was again superb in goal for the Millers and deserved a clean sheet. But again he was thwarted by another penalty, second in the week to deny the Millers clean sheets. This one was more of a clear cut decision as Harry Gibbs was penalised for taking down Charlie Georgiou.
From that resulting penalty Matt Hall stepped up and sent Lams the other way to half the deficit going into half time.
Brentwood had a chance to equalise just before the break after Marcus Milner won a corner. It came out to Andy Freeman who had both of his shots blocked by Gaz Dauti who eventually got the ball away.
On the whole the second half was much more even in the way of possession and clear cut chances created.
Brentwood had the first half chance as Freeman won a corner; and from that corner the ball ended up at Charlie Georgiou’s feet who then flung himself down to the ground and appealed for a penalty, that was not given by the referee.
Nick Skelton was a rock at the back for the Millers too, he managed to kick, head and block everything that came into the Aveley penalty area in the second half to keep the hosts out.
Lamar Johnson was called into action as he got down well to deny Andy Greenslade’s low and hard strike at goal.
Tunde Adewunmi held the ball up field for the Millers and managed to win a free-kick about 25-yards out. After scoring some absolute cracking free-kicks in the past Billy Coyne tried his luck, but his rasping effort went wide of the left hand post.
The Millers did have chances to kill the game off but brilliant work from Jeremiah Maja set up Adalberto Pinto who arrived at pace into the six yard box fired over from close range.
A few minutes later great play from Michael Toner found Jeremiah Maja in the box, who somehow forged an opportunity for himself from such a tight angle but his effort cracked the left hand post and out for a goal kick.
With the last few minutes of the match the hosts as you would expect threw everything at Aveley, but they dug in and clung on to claim the three valuable points.
The result sees Aveley in sixth place, just one point and one place off the play offs
Aveley are next in league action on Tuesday night at Great Wakering Rovers.