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MATCH REPORT
Southern Counties East Football League
16-Dec
SCEFL
Cray Valley
3
v
0
Beckenham Town

Chambers 15, 75, 88


The Millers bounced back from their disappointing Kent Senior Trophy defeat against Meridian with a well deserved victory against high flying Beckenham. Striker Alex Chambers stole the limelight with his first hat-trick for Cray but it was a great team effort that restricted Becks to one shot on target all game and made a good side look very ordinary. Both sides were missing key players with Joe Matthews, Ronnie Vint, Ola Rabiu, Jim Doherty and Jimmy Rogers missing for the Millers whilst captain Alfie Nunn and top scorer Jamie Humphries were absent from the Becks starting line up.

Cray had created several good chances before Chambers opened the scoring on 15 minutes. The lively Alwayne Jones collected the ball wide on the right hand side before delivering a peach of a cross for Chambers to head home past Becks keeper Dean Nash. Player manager Paul Gross almost doubled the lead moments later when his brother Adam found him from a corner but his header was tipped over by Nash. That proved to be his last contribution of the game as he was forced to leave the pitch with a suspected broken ankle following a 50-50 clash with Ben Healy. Fortunately, Becks had another keeper on the bench so Nash was replaced by Rilwan Anibaba. Despite dominating the play the Millers only carried the one goal lead into the break.

As expected the Becks stepped up their game in the second half but failed to penetrate a back line brilliantly marshalled by the experienced Gross. The Millers were lethal on the counterattack and the visitors defence struggled to deal with the pace of the Cray forwards. Ben Yiadom was unlucky not to score as his shot was saved on the line after some excellent work by the unselfish Chambers and the Millers had to wait until the 75 minute before their lead was increased. Healy’s initial shot was parried by substitute keeper Anibaba but the ball fell to the feet of Chambers who calmly slotted home from close range.

James Marshall almost pulled a goal back for Becks but his powerful strike was splendidly saved by young keeper Steve Sutton. Chambers thought he had completed his hat-trick on 80 minutes when he charged down a clearance from Anibaba before rolling the ball into an empty net but referee Simon Rudd disallowed the goal for handball. It wasn’t long though before he claimed the match ball. Once again man of the match Healy was involved. In an unfamiliar right midfield role, Healy was a menace to the Becks defence all afternoon and he was unlucky not to get himself on the score sheet on several occasions. However, he was able to claim his second assist of the day when his powerful shot was saved by Anibaba but once again Chambers was on hand to pounce to finally put the game beyond Beckenham.

A first clean sheet in the League this season for the Millers but more importantly an impressive performance that was rewarded with three crucial points!

Millers' line up: Steve Sutton, Michael Azaila, Adam Gross, Paul Gross, Ryan Sawyer, Ben Healy, Tommy Osborne (capt), Jamie Miller, Ben Yiadom (Merrick Simms)D, Alex Chambers (Michael McKenna), Alwayne Jones. Unused subs: Bode Anidugbe, Bradley Morgan.

 
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