AFTER a stuttering start, Aveley’s season has been well and truly kick-started.
Millers beat Brightlingsea Regent away from home 2-0 on Saturday, before Teddy Nesbitt inspired the west Thurrock side to victory over one of the league favourites – and big spenders – AFC Sudbury on Monday night.
And Justin Gardner, the Millers boss, could hardly hide his delight as he took to Twitter after the 3-0 romp.
He said: “Great team effort tonight from everyone. We move on a focus on a tough game [Saturday].
That tough game is against Chatham Town at Millfield, where Gardner’s side will be looking to make it three wins out of five.
Last Saturday, goals from Billy Coyne and Danny Hopkins sealed the win against Regent, with Millers buoyed by the mid-week signings of Alex Stavrinou, a former Charlton Athletic midfielder and Cyprus under 19 international from Cray Wanderers, and Lewis Jones from Wingate and Finchley.
Coyne’s 32nd minute free kick from 25 yards gave Millers the lead while Hopkins’ doubled the advantage on the cusp of half time, lashing the ball home from 12 yards.
Looking to build some momentum, Aveley welcomed AFC Sudbury – and their plethora of former Grays Athletic stars – to Millfield on Monday night.
Teddy Nesbitt gave Millers the lead in the 15th minute, tapping home a Lee Weemes cross.
And 15 minutes later, Petrit Elbi had the hosts 2-0 up, with Nesbitt turning provider on this occasion to tee his team mate up for a header – and his first goal of the campaign.
In the dying stages of the match, Nesbitt netted a wonder goal to put the three points beyond doubt.
Gardner reserved special praise for the 90th minute strike by his wide man.
“I have had the pleasure of seeing some great goals in my time but Teddy Nesbitt’s chip inside the box might be the best yet.”
After four games, Millers sit in seventh place in the Ryman Division One North.
Starting XI vs AFC Sudbury: Marrable; Coyne, Knott, Baker, Harrison; Hopkins, Stavrinou, Nesbitt; Elbi, Francis, Weemes.