Haringey Borough 3 v 2 Aveley
YET again late goals including a last-minute winner proved decisive as Aveley lost Monday’s Bostik North clash at Coles Park, where they led until two minutes from time when a free-kick from Coby Rowe and a freak goal two minutes into added time from Haringey’s keeper stole all the points.
In form, Alex Teniola had added two goals to his growing tally as the Millers led twice but in the end it was a familiar story as promotion-chasing Borough snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in bizarre fashion.
Having survived a bright opening by their hosts, Aveley dominated the first half and had forced a number of saves from Austin Byfield and hit the woodwork before Teniola produced a clinical finish for the opener after 28 minutes.
Millers had other chances to extend the lead but looked optimistically placed going into the break. However, Haringey improved on the resumption and was rewarded with an equalising goal forced home in a near post scramble by Derek Asamoah after 52 minutes.
Millers keeper Rhys Madden was then kept busy, making a couple of fine saves as Borough enjoyed a purple patch but Millers rode the storm and regained the lead on 57 minutes on a counter-attack when Teniola curled a precise shot past Byfield from the edge of the box.
The last half hour saw Haringey pile on the pressure but Millers packed the box, got men behind the ball and with the help of more Madden saves were just a couple of minutes away from a hard-fought victory when they conceded a free kick some way out of the box which Rowe lofted goalwards. It almost seemed as if Madden thought it was going over and his hesitation proved costly as the ball dipped under the bar for an equaliser.
If that was a disappointment, the winner four minutes later was an unexpected tragedy for Millers involving both keepers. Byfield collected the ball in his box and lofted a huge kick forward which bounced strongly to catch Madden off his line and though he back-pedalled and parried the ball, he was adjudged to have done so from behind the line and Borough were awarded the strangest of winners to compound an increasing feeling of frustration from Millers fans whose side are becoming football’s late drama specialists.
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