Millers end season with draw at Romford
After a terrific 2016/17 season the Millers ended it with a scoreless draw at Romford's Ship Lane.
It perhaps wasn't the greatest of games to watch with both sets of keepers not really having to do much, but that could be testament of both sides defences.
We needed a 22 goal swing and both Haringey Borough and Bowers & Pitsea to lose. However Bowers & Pitsea managed an incredible result away at AFC Hornchurch winning 4-1 and Haringey scoring a late winner at home to Norwich United winning 2-1 so it was impossible for the Millers to get into the playoffs.
Jeremiah Maja had an early chance as he carved open his opportunity before firing into the side netting.
Lamar Johnson did not have much to do, his first save was simple as he scooped up a Chris Barry header that lacked any pace and direction to put the hosts in front.
Romford had the next half chance as Greg Akpele goal bound shot was blocked well by Max Mitchell.
The Millers were next to ramp up the pressure as the ball fell to Michael Toner who cracked the crossbar from the edge of the area. Soon after that we had a goal disallowed as Ramone Cassidy-Sinclair collected the ball on the near side of the box and crosses back into the middle for Jeremiah Maja who nodded in from close range but he was denied by the linesmen's flag.
Romford's Greg Akpele was first in the book as he was given a yellow card for an adjudged diving.
Just before the half time whistle the hosts had a goal of their owns disallowed. Greg Akpele met a corner and powered his header home but the referee had already blown for a push on Tommy Spillane.
Half Time | Romford 0-0 Aveley.
The second half lacked clear cut chances but the Millers had the first half chance as our centre halves combined. From a corner Tommy Spillane rolled it back to Hussain Jaffa who shaped up to bend it into the top corner left footed, but unfortunately Jaffa couldn't add to his goal scoring exploits of recent weeks as he effort went wide of Callum Chafer's goal.
The main event of the second half came as Greg Akpele was awarded a second yellow and a subsequent red card after what appeared to be an arm to face which saw Max Mitchell need treatment. Although both yellows were harsh in the grand scheme of things, Greg Akpele was sent off which meant that Romford were down to ten minutes with 28 minutes to go.
The Millers were then thwarted again by the offside flag but it did look rather dubious. Jordan Peart slipped in Jeremiah Maja who ran past Boswell from an onside position and tapped into the goal, however Maja was denied again by the offside flag.
It was a good run from Joshua Luther who created the next chance for the Millers, he went past three and crossed well but it was defended equally as good as the build up play to keep the Millers out.
Again we came close going into the final ten minutes of the game and season. Max Mitchell tried an audacious free-kick attempt which almost caught Callum Chafer out, his clawed save fell for Michael Toner whose effort was cleared off the line.
Romford had the last chance of the game as Nick Reynolds was fouled by Joe Clark. Free-kick came into the box but it was claimed easily by Lamar Johnson.
Deep into added on time Michael Toner was booked for a foul Jamie Dicks after Michael went in a tad late, but that was the final act of our terrific season.
There is of course one last farewell to Mill Field and that is on SATURDAY 20TH MAY 2017, the Aveley Champions of 2009 take on the current team in what will be a wonderful occasion. It's free too, so make sure you get on down to Mill Field for the final ever time.
Full Time | Romford 0-0 Aveley.
Millers XI | Lamar Johnson (C), Joshua Luther, Joe Clark, Max Mitchell, Tommy Spillane, Hussain Jaffa, Michael Toner, Adalberto Pinto (Joe Paxman 82), Ramone Cassidy-Sinclair (Jordan Peart 45), Jeremiah Maja, Ross Gleed (Harry Gibbs 79)
Unused Subs | Dan Odamo, Cain Broughen.
Romford XI | Callum Chafer, Ryan Boswell, Akwasi Manfo, James Ishmail (C), Danny Cossington, Jamie Dicks, Chris Barry, Jonathan Adebayo, Chinedu McKenzie, Greg Akpele, Jack Browne-Sykes
Subs | Tom Potter, Ayodeji Olukoga, Nick Reynolds, Chris Taylor, Charlie Parrisy.