AVELEY are through to the first round of the FA Trophy for the first time in the club’s history thanks to an impressive 4-1 victory at Biggleswade Town.

The Millers went into the contest having already knocked Bowers & Pitsea and Taunton Town out of the competition.

And Keith Rowland’s side eliminated a third step three side in succession to book their place in the last 64.

An Alex Akrofi double, along with George Sykes and Shad Ngandu efforts, ensured Jamie Carey-Morrell’s strike would not be enough for hosts Biggleswade.

Aveley nearly got off to the perfect start as a fine save from point-blank range kept Harry Gibbs’ header out.

However, the Millers broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark as Sykes played in Akrofi and the in-form striker found the back of the net.

Aveley went in search of a second goal, but Akrofi, Sykes and Wyan Reid were frustrated by goal-line clearances in quick succession.

Akrofi put daylight between the two sides on the stroke of half-time by rolling into an empty net after unselfishly being found by Sykes.

Having provided the first two goals, Sykes got his name on the scoresheet with 62 minutes on the clock.

Ngandu regained possession before Jason Raad’s cross was spilt at the feet of Sykes, who slammed the ball home.

Carey-Morrell gave Biggleswade hope of staging a late fightback by curling into the top corner of the net with just nine minutes to play.

But the result was put beyond doubt six minutes later as Ngandu converted from the penalty spot.