Lost 2 – 3
Scorers: Brown-Lea, Neal
MoM: Josh Kitson
Another week and another tale of woe for The Millers in the closing minutes.
The first half saw another impressive start with their trademark high press working well against a well drilled Valence 1st XI. Opportunities came (and went) for the home side but eventually an impressive reverse-stick strike into the roof of the net, from Callum Brown-Lea, allowed the home side to pull ahead.
The second half saw Valence equalise and then pull ahead courtesy of some ‘loose’ defending. However, The Millers levelled again; this time through the effervescent Olly Neal who nutmegged the keeper from close range and continued his meteoric rise up the goal-scorers board (or tv screen as it now is in these technologically enlightened times in which we live).
There was a great opportunity for a winning goal following a fast break down the right from debutant Josh Kitson but the final shot was well-saved by the Valence keeper. In the dying minutes of the game a skilful, solo break from the visiting centre forward resulted in a third goal for Valence and left little time for a response. And so it was that the visitors departed Polo Farm taking all three points with them. The Millers were left, once again, to rue chances missed earlier on in the game but will be pleased with another generally good performance against a 1st XI side on the rise.