Aveley 2 v 0 Canvey Island
MILLERS completed a fifth successive Bostik North win at a cold and rainy Parkside on Monday evening, moving level with leaders Bowers & Pitsea and second-placed Coggeshall Town on 28 points.
The home side were good value for their win, though they had to work hard for it and had Canvey managed to add a cutting edge to some bright approach play things might have been different.
As it was a goal in each half for the Millers proved decisive.
Canvey started well with Millers slow out the blocks, but they couldn’t take advantage with Adam Vyse failing to convert when it seemed easier to score while Aveley came in to it more and missed good chances of their own.
A great opportunity fell to Marcus Milner in 35 minutes but he was denied by a fingertip save from Harry Palmer.
However, they took the lead five minutes before the break when a mistake led to the ball falling kindly for Marcus Milner on the edge of the area and he slammed it into the bottom right hand corner.
Both sides had chances in the opening stages of the second half, Canvey debutant Ashley Miller forcing a save from David Hughes and at the other end Tom Richardson and the industrious Sam Mvemba combined to set up Andy freeman but his shot went over the bar.
A second goal eventually came Millers’ way just after the hour when Richardson back-heeled the ball to Mvemba who curled it into the bottom left hand corner with his right foot.
To their credit Canvey picked up the pace and enjoyed plenty of possession but were unable to create a clear cut chance and were always susceptible to the break with Richardson tearing away and forcing a decent save from Palmer.
In the end the hosts held on rather comfortably, with Mvemba taking the individual plaudits and the man of the match award.