The Bankers travelled to the Grange Ground looking to build on the 4-1 win v Dronfield last time out.
The team was rocked by the news Chris Tunstall wouldn’t make the trip shortly before arrival. This forced manager Andy Taylor to slightly re-shuffle the pack, Terrance Balmer returned to partner Joe Jerrison in the heart of defence allowing Phil Miskell to move further forward.
The game started brightly with the Bankers keeping the ball along the back and into midfield, Millmoor didn’t look to press or attack instead opting to try and contain the Bankers.
In the 10th Minute the Bankers won a corner, Dan Beech delivered the in swinging corner which found the head of Joyce who unfortunately blazed over from close range.
It wasn’t long before the Bankers dominance tuned into a deserving lead. Great build up play involving approx. 25 passes ended with a great through ball by Ridall to Roe, Roe met the bouncing ball on the edge of the area to slam the ball past the keeper.
The game started to be played at a training pace, no real pressure by Millmoor on the ball allowed the Bankers to dictate play. With so much time on the ball the midfield looked to play the perfect ball too often.
Finally the second goal came, one of the killer balls paid off when Beech found Roe again. Roe meet the through ball but his first attempt on goal was saved by the keeper but he coolly slotted home the rebound.
Further chances of the half fell to Beech and Rob Jerrison only to be thwarted by the young Millmoor keeper.
Half Time 0-2
Bankers manager Andy Taylor asked the players to play higher up the pitch and to keep the tempo high in the 2nd half.
The second half started and Millmoor came out of the traps the better team, looking to reduce the deficit they seemed to have more fight and passion about them.
Joe Jerrison was forced of injured early in the second half with a sore bottom, Phil Miskell slotted into the back 4 and Mauro Pistis made his first appearance of the season.
Unfortunately for Millmoor there keeper spent to long with a back pass only to be dispossessed by Rob Jerrison who in return found Beech to tap into an empty net.
The game was starting to heat up and the young Millmoor team continued to work harder. They got their reward when Balmer brought down a Millmoor player in the box. Up stepped the penalty taker only for Scott Dinnigan to make the save, unfortunately the ball fell kindly to the Millmoor player who tapped the ball home.
Shortly after the Millmoor goal, Bankers made the second substitute introducing Aaron Watts for the influential Miles Ridall. Watts slotted in next to the dominate Kokot who was breaking down many for the Millmoor attacks, much to the delight of Balmer.
The game burst back into life when Rob Jerrison held of the defender, turned and travelled 15 yards with the ball and struck an audacious shot from 30 yards out only for it to cannon back of the upright.
The game had become stretched and the Bankers were looking to see the game out to seal the points. Taylor introduced himself in the place of the tiring Rob Jerrison, Jerrison worked tirelessly and deserved the standing ovation he received.
Taylor took little time to unsettle the Millmoor back line and keeper with his physical style. This allowed Kokot, Watts, Pistis, Beech and Roe plenty of space higher up the pitch.
Great interplay between Pistis, Beech and Watts resulted in a corner for the Bankers. A clipped in corner from Watts found Taylor whose header could only find the bar from close range.
Taylor was in the action again having his header well saved from the Millmoor keeper, shortly followed by a great through ball from Beech to Taylor who could only fire straight at the keeper.
It wasn’t long before the Bankers extended the lead, Pistis split the defence with a fine ball to Beech who slotted the ball firmly past the keeper.
It was soon 5-1 when Beech twisted away from his man to release Taylor to finish calmly past the keeper from 12 yards out.
The Bankers put in a professional performance against a young spirited Millmoor team, if the Bankers want to be challenging this season they will need to repeat this kind of performance many times.
Scott Dinnigan – 7
Jack Joyce – 7
Joe Jerrison – 7
Terrance Balmer – 7
Mike Russell - 7
Phil Miskell – 8
Mark Kokot – 7
Miles Ridall – 7
Jack Roe – 7
Dan Beech – 8
Rob Jerrison – 8
Aaron Watts – 7
Mauro Pistis – 7
Andy Taylor – 7
Man of the Match;
Dan Beech, 2 Goals and 2 Assists