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MATCH REPORT
Southern Counties East Football League
13-Sep
SCEFL
Erith & Belvedere
3
v
2
Cray Valley
May 22, 33
Johnson 90

Jeffery 26 (pen)
Chambers 63

Dere's captain Ryan Johnson scored a dramatic last minute goal to secure all three points for the League leaders. It was hard on the Millers, who over the 90 minutes probably deserved a point, but they gave away one free kick too many and were punished when Alfie May's shot was deflected to Johnson, who headed home from close range.

The Millers were missing Jamie Miller, Joe Matthews and Adam Gross through injuries and it wasn't long before skipper Tommy Osborne had to leave the field with leg injury. He was replaced by Jim Doherty after only 12 minutes as the Deres controlled the early exchanges. They deservedly took the League on 23 minutes with the League's top scorer Alfie May placing his free kick into the top corner of the net after Ryan Sawyer had recklessly fouled the same player on the edge of the Millers' box. It only took Cray three minutes to respond when their own top scorer converted a penalty after Dere's keeper Rilwan Anibaba took out Alex Chambers. Anibaba was fortunate only to receive a caution from referee David Lunani, and could have easily have seen red as he was the last man. The Millers almost took the lead shortly after when Jeffery forced Anibaba to make a mistake and Luke Tanner's angled shot hit the post before Chambers fired the rebound over the bar.

Instead of going into the break 2-1 ahead, the Millers were caught sleeping and went in 2-1 down. Jake Britnell rolled the ball to the unmarked Chris Hubbard and his low cross was converted at the near post by May. More injury woe for Miller’s manager Paul Gross just before the interval when he was forced to bring himself on when Ben Healy pulled up with a foot injury.

The second half wasn't quite played to the high tempo of the first half, but it still remained a feisty affair - as you would expect for a local derby! Several players from both sides received yellow cards and just after the hour the Millers equalised for the second time. A delightful through ball by Jimmy Rogers found Chambers and as Anibaba came charging out, the young striker coolly chipped the ball over the advancing keeper's head into the empty net. Dere's boss Matt Longhurst introduced Charley Hearn and George Humber in an attempt to win the game but the excellent Ronnie Vint dealt with everything the Deres produced. In fact they only looked dangerous at set pieces and that is where the winner came from. Another reckless challenge on the edge of the box provided May with free shot on goal and although the striker could not complete his hat-trick the ball fell kindly for Johnson to head past Jack Kelly.

Millers' line up: Jack Kelly, Ben Healy, (Paul Gross), Allwayne Jones, Ryan Sawyer, Ronnie Vint, Tommy Osborne (Jim Docherty), Greg Moore, Jimmy Rogers, Alex Chambers, Luke Tanner, Aaron Jeffery (Ola Rabiu).