Men’s Millers vs New Beccehamian 1 (Home) | 20 Nov 21

Drew 2-2

Scorers: Riley Holness Ashley Hooker

MoM: Riley Holness

A game we should’ve, and most certainly could’ve, won but for a resilient opposition and a few squandered chances. The game started well with the forward line pressing high, getting a good steal off the New Beccs defence but not able to capitalise to take the early lead. The game continued in a similar fashion for much of the first half, Ollie Curtis and Will Adams putting in stellar showings at wing back controlling the tempo and setting up the attacks. Freddie and Riley showing their pace over their more experienced opposition numbers with maturity and Will Dowling showing silky skills through the middle.

The Millers opened the scoring shortly before the halftime break, a move down the right started by Phil Jones, laying the ball out to Luke who put the cross into Riley who took a solid first time strike past the on rushing keeper, rapidly silencing the calls of “take a touch” coming from the back as the ball had come across! 1-0 at half time was a foundation that we could build from into the second half with wise words from Jonesy telling us we needed to “control the middle” and “focus on our opposite man”.

With those two pearls of wisdom we went into the second half encouraged and proceeded to do neither of those things from the off. New Beccs capitalised with a breakaway goal that they were able to walk across the line. Ollie Curtis came to the rescue shortly after with a last ditch scrambled recovery to prevent falling behind. Alan made several saves and strong clearances to keep the scores level and we slowly began to settle a little more back into the game. The Millers took the lead down the left this time, Ollie Neal finding Jonesy in the middle who put Ashley Hooker through at the top of the D to release a strike which tore into the side netting. 2-1 up and with a tiring opposition, we felt we’d probably done enough and that was ultimately our downfall. Skilful work from the young New Beccs trio in the middle released their forward for a stellar finish. We nearly had time to snatch back victory with a last minute short corner, but some confusion as the opposition defender switched to cricket with a long barrier left everyone bewildered and New Beccs to alleviate the pressure and no whistle amongst the melee.

A 2-2 draw in a game we should’ve won, lessons to take into next week against Sevenoaks as continue to grow and develop as a team.

Squad: Alan McKibbin, Phil Jones, Olly Curtis, Freddie McMullan, Nirpal Saraon, Luke McGhee, Ashley Hooker, Simon Hurlow, Will Dowling, Paul Sharratt, Riley Holness, Ollie Neil, Will Adams,