Won 2 – 1
Scorers: Harper, McCully
MoM: James Rollins
This week the Millers bandwagon rolled into Holcombe Park, hoping to reverse the narrow defeats of the last two weeks and finally get some points on the board in 2020.
The warm-up lulled their opposition into a false sense of security with a high number of ‘calibration’ shots which tended to be on the high side and which will have quite possibly resulted in a formal complaint to Holcombe from the Civil Aviation Authority.
With the match underway though, the visitors showed improved accuracy in their passing and intent; pressing high and causing problems for the Holcombe defence. The home team were struggling to get out of their half and their rare forays into Canterbury territory were dealt with quickly and effectively. The visitors created a number of good chances and finally took the lead through a James Rollins short corner strike; deflected into the goal, at the left-hand post, by young Henry McCully.
The second half saw an end to end game but, fortunately, it was the visitors who managed to capitalise first. James Rollins was again instrumental; driving into the opposition D and Max Harper deflecting the initial shot past the keeper to give clear water between the two sides.
A robust tackle from Simon ‘Chopper’ Hurlow (reminiscent of his father in his heyday) saw him take a contemplative rest in the ‘sin-to-win-bin’ while Holcombe stepped up for a penalty stroke. Alan ‘Arms like a Gibbon’ McKibben was equal to the task though, denying the home side with a stretching dive to his right.
A late Holcombe goal in the dying minutes made for a tense finale to the game but The Millers were able to close out this week. Three valuable points gained which see them move above Holcombe in the table and close in on the top four. Thanks go to Archie Barnes for running the bench again this week and for his invaluable half-time insight.