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MATCH REPORT
Southern Counties East Football League
6-Sept
SCEFL
Cray Valley
8
v
1
Rochester United
Jeffery 11, 29, 71, 90 (pen)
Rabiu 23
Doherty 34, 37
Chambers 80
Gundry 82

The Millers registered their record victory at Step 5 level with an emphatic victory against a beleaguered Rochester side. It was fitting that on National Non-League, Cray produced their best performance of the season and finally displayed some of the free flowing football that was sorely missing in the opening fixtures of the campaign. Although striker Aaron Jeffery will receive all the plaudits, as a result of his 4 goal haul, every player played their part in an historic day for the Millers.

Cray had created several good chances before Jeffery opened the scoring on 11 minutes. The lively Ola Rabiu produced a dazzling run before laying the ball to fall back Ben Healy and his pass in-field found Jeffery who hit a low shot past Hogan. Allwayne Jones then hit the post and Greg Moore nearly scored with an audacious volley. Rabiu finally doubled the lead in the 23rd minute when a neat exchange of passes between Jones, Healy and Jeffery enabled the winger to burst through the Spartans' back line before calmly slotting the ball past Hogan. Jeffery then made it 3-0 from a direct free kick after Jim Doherty was found on the edge of the Spartans' box. The ex-Bridon striker then grabbed himself a brace in the space of 3 minutes. Firstly, Jones laid him through and he finished in a similar fashion to Rabiu and then he converted Healy's low cross at the near post. The Spartans created their first chance of the game in the last minute of the half but Jason Perry's shot failed to trouble Jack Kelly in the Millers' goal. 5-0 at the interval. Cray started the second half as they finished the first and if it wasn't for two brilliant goal line clearances they would have been seven down by 50 minutes. However, they did manage to hold out until 71 minutes before Cray increased the lead further. Alex Chambers was introduced by Millers' manager Paul Gross for his debut following his move from Invicta side Orpington and the young striker did not take long to make an impact. Firstly, he latched onto a long ball down the right flank and although he could have shot himself, he unselfishly squared the ball to Jeffery who tapped home for his hat-trick. Soon after Chambers found himself in a similar position but this time he cheekily took the ball around Hogan before nudging the ball home for a debut goal.

Despite finding themselves seven goals in arrears the Spartans did manage to salvage a goal when a deep cross found Ricky Gundry unmarked in the box and the Spartans' captain headed past Kelly. There was still time for one more goal when Docherty was bought down and Cray were awarded a penalty. Jeffery stepped forward to secure his fourth of the afternoon and the Millers' eighth!

Millers' line up: Jack Kelly, Ben Healy, Tommy Osborne (capt), Jimmy Rogers, Joe Matthews, Ronnie Vint, Ola Rabiu (Michael McKenna), Greg Moorse, Jim Doherty, Aaron Jeffery, Allwayne Jones (Alex Chambers). Unused subs: Paul Gross.