Football: Aveley keep up promotion campaign

Ryman Div One North

Aveley 2 v 0 Dereham Town

Report by Jamie Manktelow

A Mason Bloomfield double seals the three points at a foggy Mill Field

The Millers faced a really tough match on Saturday, which tested their credentials for the season and again proved that the Millers are a force in this Ryman North, after a strong performance and 2-0 win over Dereham Town.

The first effort of the match came from Dereham, Gatting tried his luck but his effort was firstly well blocked by Billy Coyne and the next attempted through ball was shielded well back to Lamar Johnson by Harry Gibbs.

Jordan Peart used his ability to cross to Mason Bloomfield but his snapshot effort was blocked off well for a corner which unfortunately came to nothing.

Dereham continued to probe but it never felt like we were in any danger of conceding a goal. Dan Beaumont effort was saved well low down by Lamar Johnson and from back to back to back corner we defended well to clear our lines.

Jordan Peart was set free down the wing from a Jack Edwards pass, he crossed to Tony Jacobs but it was just cut out in the nick of time for the Magpies to deny us from taking the lead.

By the 15th minute of the game the fog started to come down heavier with the floodlights now on, Dereham almost squeezed in an opportunity but Rhys Logan was flagged offside but missed the target from six yards out.

Millers Jack Edwards was next to try his luck from 25-yards, he connected well with the ball but perhaps too well as it went behind for a Dereham Town goal kick.

The deadlock was finally broken soon after and again it was Mason Bloomfield , on his home debut he swept up after Michael Toner challenged the keeper, it broke to Mason Bloomfield who superbly rolled the ball to the side and finished with great composure into the back of the net!

The fog definitely played its part in the game as not many clear cut chance were created in the first half as the Millers stood strong. Great covering at the back post from Jordan Peart as he cleared a dangerous looking cross for a corner. From that Dereham corner powerhouse Dan Odamo was on hand and cleared the ball away.

Start of the second half was really bright and Aveley almost doubled their lead when a Peart cross came to Mason Bloomfield in the box but Mason on this occasion just couldn’t sort his feet out in time to bury it into the goal.

Joe Clark picked up his third yellow card although rather harshly. He got the ball with his first leg, but his following leg caught the Dereham Town winger and Joe was awarded a yellow card.

Michael Toner came close to getting his third in three games as his long ranged pile driver was well saved by Josh Glover in the Magpies goal.

Dereham Town did have their fair share of possession but clear cut chances were few and far between for the visitors. Joe Gatting’s effort from the edge of the area was comfortably saved by Lamar Johnson. Dereham almost scored a goal out of nowhere after a rasping effort from the right hand edge of the box cracked the crossbar, but Johnson had it covered. Lamar was called into action again but again he made the save look easier than what it was as he matched Dan Beaumont’s testing drive.

A lovely interchange between Michael Toner, Mason Bloomfield and Daniel McCullock set up Mason for an effort at goal but it went wide of the right hand post.

Bloomfield didn’t have to wait long for his second of the game asMcCullock crossed superbly to him at the back post and he tapped the ball home to secure all three points.

Aveley Scorer – Mason Bloomfield (23′, 77′)

The result leaves Aveley in third place, level on points with second placed Thurrock but Maldon are now seven points ahead.

Aveley return to league action on Friday away at AFC Hornchurch.

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