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Aveley bounce back to beat Chatham
1:17pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
AVELEY came from a goal down to take all three points in a keenly fought encounter against Chatham Town on Monday.
The Millers showed their mettle by coming from behind to win their third match of the season with goals from the excellent Sos Yao and Shane Oakley before debutant Nurudeen Kallon secured the points late in the second half.
Aveley handed debuts to Kallon and Adam Flanagan in defence and had three more new signings on the bench but the home team fell behind after only four minutes. A cross from the left saw Billy Bennett swivel and hit a low shot beyond the diving Jack Giddens.
The goal spurred Aveley into life with the home side’s front three of Yao, Oakley and Junior Appiah causing problems for the Chatham back line. The equaliser came after 16 minutes when a neat one-two between Yao and Danny Hopkins saw the striker stroke the ball past keeper Kidman at the near post.
Four minutes later Aveley had the lead after breaking from a Chatham attack. The ball fell to Appiah on the edge of his own penalty area where he turned and ran the length of the pitch, evading two challenges and squaring to Hopkins. His ball over the top was controlled by Oakley and put in the net.
Aveley controlled the rest of the first half and came out strongly in the second with Oakley lashing a 20-yard shot off the underside of the crossbar. Despite strong protestations the referee said the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
Chatham forward Austin Gacheru had a chance to equalise after failing to make contact when the ball was crossed across goal and at the other end substitute Ross Wall somehow shot wide when unmarked from five yards.
Aveley wrapped up the points when Appiah broke from a Chatham corner, playing in new signing Kadir Jama. His cross was met by Kallon who beat the keeper squeezing the ball in at the near post.
Aveley boss Justin Gardner said it was the reaction he wanted after the weekend defeat to VCD.
“It wasn’t the start we wanted but we came back strongly. We were solid front front to back. I said I would make changes and I felt everyone put in a shift tonight.
“We are taking one game at a time. This is the strongest this league had been in a long while.”
Aveley: Giddens, Kallon, Nesbitt, Flanagan, Thomas, Hopkins, Okwera, Holland (c) (Stephenson), Oakley (Wall), Yao (Jama), Appiah.