New Milton Town 4-0 Totton & Eling
T&E had the first couple of opportunities the opening ten minutes of this game. With Ryan Lomax just unable to get on the end of a Joe Selby corner and moments later, great work from Danny Clarke and James Matthews harried the defence into making a mistake, the keeper hurriedly kicking his clearance to Clarke, but as Clarke tried to catch the keeper out, the chance was snatched at and the opportunity was gone.
The first actions of note for the hosts came when captain Aaron Scott got in an advanced position and saw his shot blocked away for a corner, while Ben Cooper should’ve done better infront of goal, missing a sitter in truth. The Millers responded with Danny Burns trying to set away Johny MacAuley in the left hand channel, but a Linnetts defender had gotten across to snuff out the opportunity.
Charlie Turner then played the ball into the area for dangerous target man Conor Jevon, who forced Eryres into a great save, the likes of which we’re now used to seeing. A good T&E move followed though, with MacAuley playing a good ball down the right for Matthews to chase onto, his cross into Clarke was good but the connection on the finish wasn’t and the ball ended up in the arms of Luke Dennison in goal. As the half hour mark came and went, Jevon again threatened to open the scoring turning Ryan Lomax inside out and shooting right footed at goal, with Eyres having a more comfortable save to make this time.
Shouts for an infringement in and around the area were ignored by officials following Lomax’s freekick into the area, the ball was flicked on by Burns and fell to Clarke, who looked to have been shoved in the back before shooting, which trickled through to the keeper.
And for all their warnings, the hosts would go into half time a goal to the good. Having been put through on goal, Conor JEVON finished clinically and broke the deadlock just before the break. HT 1-0
New Milton seemed to come out rejuvenated and extended their lead moments into the second period. Conor JEVON made no mistake again, while The Millers seemed to still have their heads in the changing room, their arrears were doubled. And with all this, moments later still, the 50th minute to be precise, the hosts further extended their advantage, this time Jevon turning provider as he crossed for Ben COOPER who controlled well before firing gone from just inside the area.
This ten minute period just before and just after half time seemed to kill the tie for The Millers, who had otherwise been at the races and given New Milton a decent game. The Millers made a couple of substitutions after this to try and freshen things up, but by then, the game was out of reach a three nil. Also, the hosts were in complete control of proceedings. It was only some good defending from Lomax and another good save from Eyres that stopped the scores developing any further until the last minute of the game.
This goal deserves its own paragraph as anyone there who saw it or on video will attest. A wicked in swinging cross came from the right hand side, perfectly positioned to allow Chris LONG to shape up his body and attempt a scissor kick at goal, which he connected with perfectly and left Eyres in goal with absolutely no chance, in what was a moment of magic. A true moment of brilliance to light up a cup tie.
The Millers will need to bounce back and find some form real quickly as they face East Cowes Victoria (Tuesday 13th October – 7.45pm) in an important basement battle for league positions. Before another away game at Whitchurch United (Saturday 17th October – 3pm)
Millers Lineup: Eyres, R. Fear, Beech, Selby (c), Lomax, Lycett, Matthews, Hartmann, MacAuley, Clarke, Burns.
Subs: Smith, Gain, Nagle-Kelly, Moss, L. Fear.
Attendance: Not Given
Adi Rose at JMC Stadium.