Scorers: Richard Sabin
MoM: Andrew Dunn
Another game for the Millers of what could’ve been. A strong performance but key moments just didn’t quite fall our way. With the formidable duo of Dunny and Jonesy at the back and Rich Sabin in the middle of the park, experience and quality were the order of the day and it showed. A dominant start with strong build up play gave us what we thought was the lead midway through the first half when a trademark Rich Sabin politely termed “hit and follow” thundered into the backboard. However, the eagle eyed (non Canterbury) umpire standing on the halfway line decided that a sliver of white line was still shadowed by the ball and disallowed the goal. This left the Millers stunned and we didn’t quite create the same level of chances through the rest of the first half, closing out all tied up at 0-0 into the break. Much of the same was the order of the game and soon a chance would fall our way.
The second half started with gusto. More chances not quite executed but skilled play and distribution on show nonetheless. Blackheath brought some football skills and as our defence stood on to admire/complain, they took advantage and slotted home past Alan to take a lead against the run of play. This reignited the team and within 5 minutes we were back in the ascendency, winning a short, converted with another “hit and follow”, this time leaving it in no doubt as to its validity. Millers should have taken the lead shortly after from a short corner, but more footballing skills on the line saved Blackheath. A frustrating result for the fact we could’ve won-Blackheath’s celebrations at the end were telling, but no one can fault the team for the effort and teamwork on display. Carrying this into the last game of the season will surely start to bear fruit for the Millers.