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MATCH REPORT

Southern Counties East Football League

22-Sep
SCEFL 
Greenwich Borough
3
v
1
Cray Valley PM
    Phillips 22, Zanone 31, Alexander 40       Luke Harvey 29  


Cray Valley PM fell to a fifth consecutive League defeat at Greenwich Borough on Tuesday evening to leave manager Paul Gross wondering if the footballing gods are conspiring against him!

The Boro, who named a very attack minded line up, were missing the influential Peter Sweeney through injury, but they came out of the starting blocks quickly and put the Millers under early pressure.
Jack Clark saw a free kick on the edge of the Millers area blocked by the defensive wall before Greg Benbow’s cross from the left almost caught out Boro keeper Craig Holloway, as the ball bounced behind off the near post.

For the next 15 minutes, it was one way traffic as the home side set about the Millers defence.
Stuart Zanone saw a shot from a tight angle saved by Michael Hunter before the Boro striker found himself one on one with the Millers keeper but put his tame shot harmlessly wide of the goal.
Gary Alexander then saw a shot blocked by the Millers defence before Hunter had to palm over a Zanone header. And from the resulting corner kick, driven in low towards the near post, Danny Phillips glanced a volley through the packed defence and into the Millers goal.

The Millers though were back level 7 minutes later as Rory Hill set Greg Benbow away down the left wing. Getting wide of his marker, Benbow delivered the perfect cross to the far post for Luke Harvey to volley home his third goal of the season.

But parity wasn’t to last long as the Boro immediately went up the other end and as Hunter and his defence hesitated as the ball rolled into the Millers area, Zanone slipped in to knock the ball home.
Harvey then fired a shot wide of the goal from an acute angle before the match threatened to boil over. After Lee Craig and Alexander clashed in midfield, Jake Britnell appeared to slap Rory Hill but the referee merely gave verbal warnings to the players involved and no further action was taken.
And five minutes before the break, a Boro free kick from their left was driven into the area by Clark. Hunter was right behind the shot but the ball fell out of his grasp and Alexander was the grateful recipient as he stabbed the ball home to send the Boro into the break with a 3-1 advantage.

The second half saw the Boro seemingly content with their lead and defended deep in their own half as they frustrated the Millers who were unable to break down a well marshalled home defence.
The Millers were enjoying plenty of possession and working their hardest, but despite their best efforts, couldn’t find a way past the sometimes packed Boro defence.

Paul Gross’ side did have one late chance to pull a goal back, but Adam Gross’ free kick from 18 yards went flying past the outside of the post.

That’s not to say that it was a dull 45 minutes of football as both sides keenly contested every ball but neither goal was seriously threatened, a lone Alexander free kick easily held by Hunter the exception, as the Boro comfortably saw out the match.

The Millers drop to 14th in the League table following this result, 6 points above bottom clubs Croydon and Rochester United, while all the teams below, except Croydon, have games in hand.
The Millers next face a clash with Canterbury City at Badgers on Saturday in what has to be a must win fixture for Paul Gross’ team!

Reaction: Manager Paul Gross shares his thoughts after today's loss
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