Millers fall short in big loss
We came out hugely second-best to Maldon & Tiptree as the Jammers hit five at Parkside.
In front of a fantastic crowd of 323 including 93 from the local South Ockendon and Aveley scout groups, the Millers fell way short with an uncharacteristic performance.
It was an even start to the game but the Millers were largely wasteful in possession. Alex Teniola created his own chance and fired towards goal but it was comfortably saved by Chris Haigh in the Maldon goal.
Three minutes later after that chance the visitors took the lead. Chris Millar was allowed to walk through, he had options to pass it to, but he went alone and passed it into the net, Madden could’ve done better but the effort was hard and low and went through the keepers legs. Aveley 0-1 Maldon.
In the Jammers next attack, they doubled their lead. Lee Barnard and Kieran Bailey combine to set through Eoin McKeown who finished well into the corner of the goal. Aveley 0-2 Maldon.
Two minutes after that second, Maldon & Tiptree bagged their third and really killed the game off. Flick on from Lee Barnard found Eoin McKeown who had so much time and space to slide it into the bottom left hand corner. Aveley 0-3 Maldon.
We had our best spell of the best half from around 35 minutes to the 40th minute after creating a couple of chances. A good cross in from Alex Stephenson caused a bit of danger but Tom Richardson couldn’t get on the end of it. From a corner Stephenson tried an overhead kick but he couldn’t connect properly, it landed to Myles Keizer-Burrows whose effort looked like it was blocked by an arm but those half shouts were waved away.
That good pressure was over in the 44th minute as Chris Bourne took out Kieran Bailey in the penalty area. Lee Barnard stepped up and sent Madden the wrong way for the Jammers fourth goal. Aveley 0-4 Maldon.
After that goal the Millers had a free-kick on the edge of the area. George Doyle hit a fierce effort towards goal and it was tipped over the bar from Haigh.
Half Time | Aveley 0-4 Maldon & Tiptree.
The aim for the second half must’ve been a better performance, although it couldn’t have got much worse after the first half. After five minutes we made a double change with Calvin Ekpiteta and Freddie Gard were brought on to try and make a difference, and they did.
Calvin Ekpiteta had our best chance of the game as the ball landed to him inside the Jammers box, but Haigh came out superbly to deny Calvin from close range.
Dan Walker and George Doyle were both next to test Haigh, but both efforts were comfortably saved to keep the Maldon & Tiptree clean sheet intact.
With fifteen minutes left the Jammers finished off the scoring with a hat-trick for Eoin McKeown as he was played through and tucked away from close range to bag himself the match ball. Aveley 0-5 Maldon.
Full Time | Aveley 0-5 Maldon & Tiptree.
Millers XI | Rhys Madden, Garret Kelly (Freddie Gard 50), Chris Bourne, Ryan Cosson, Myles Keizer-Burrows, Alex Stephenson, Connor Witherspoon, George Doyle, Tom Richardson (Dan Walker 71), Alex Teniola, Tony Martin (Calvin Ekpiteta 50).
Unused Subs | Russel Malton, Ben Sampayo.
Maldon & Tiptree XI | Chris Haigh, James Shepherd, Joe Claridge, Harvey Brown, Grande Milende, Joe Ellul (George Forrest 69), George Brown, Kieran Bailey (Harvey Dailly 73), Eoin McKeown, Lee Barnard, Chris Millar (Rhys Henry 61).
Unused Subs | Oluwole Akinsanya, Olu Quandri.