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Millers stunned by defeat
12:57pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
Waltham Forest 2
RYMAN ONE NORTH: BOTTOM of the table Waltham Forest stunned Aveley to claim their first win of the season at Mill Field.
Aveley came into the match on a high having knocked rivals Thurrock out of the Cup, but produced a below par performance against a team they had destroyed 7-0 only six weeks ago.
However, this should take nothing away from Waltham Forest who looked like a team that should be challenging the teams in the top half of the division. They took the lead just before half-time, having already seen a penalty brilliantly saved, and struck the decisive blow moments into the second half through a terrific Oyetunji Oyewale strike. Substitute Junior Appiah pulled a goal back but Aveley couldn’t find an equaliser.
Many would have expected Aveley to walk this match and Justin Gardner left Shane Oakley – who had scored a hat-trick against the same team in the cup – and hot-shot Junior Appiah on the bench.
Aveley had the first chance of the game after ten minutes when Jay Leader was denied by a fingertip save from David Myers.
Waltham Forest were causing problems of their but for all their nice play it was Millers who created the next chance. Danny Hopkins broke into the box with only the ‘keeper to beat but tried to square to Ross Wall, and the ball was cleared.
Seconds later and the away side had a golden chance to take the lead. Rashid Kamara fouled Patrick Nelo in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Richard Worrell stepped up but Jack Giddens guessed right and tipped the ball aside.
Seconds later Forest did take the lead when L’hereaux Menga headed beyond Giddens after good work from ‘skipper Hulusi Mustapha. Gardner made two attacking changes at half-time bringing Oakley and Tajbakhsh on but within seconds they were two down. Tricky winger Oyetunji Oyetola smashed a left footed drive beyond a despairing Giddens after seeing his initial shot blocked.
Aveley were finally sparked into life and Junior Appiah drilled a shot beyond Myers only two minutes after being introduced.
Petrit Elbi struck a post from 20 yards and only a last ditch goal-line clearance from Rak Hudson kept out Oakley. An astonishing miss from Appiah, who kicked fresh air from eight yards when it looked easier to score, summed up Aveley’s afternoon.
Aveley: Giddens, Mabuyaku, Nesbitt, Leader, Thomas (Tajbakhsh), Hopkins, Twum (Appiah), Okwera, Wall, Elbi, Kamara (Oakley) MOM: Rak Hudson (Waltham Forest)