At the Mill field
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young Reports…
Aveley miss out on three points to halt their promotion push as they lost 3-0 with two early goals from Kris Newby and Danny Emmanuel.
The third goal was a controversial penalty given and converted by James Stevens minutes from the end to deny any chance of a comeback by ‘The Millers’.
Witham Town now move up to fifth with games in hand and are in contention to climb higher and pull further away from Aveley who stay where they are in 11th.
The away side hit the ground running and got the opening goal within the second minute after a corner from the right was cleared off the line, only to in-form striker Kris Newby to fire home the loose ball just inside the box.
The visitors doubled their lead inside ten minutes as Lewis Godbold broke down the left flank and slotted the ball in to Danny Emmanuel who turned his marker and shot in to the bottom right corner.
Aveley got their first clear cut chance 25 minutes in as Nathan Koranteng burst down the left wing, Witham’s keeper came racing off his line and hesitated leaving the goal gapping but Koranteng delayed the shot and came to nothing.
In the second half Kyle Asante had too glorious chances to get back into the game for the home side with a chested volley going narrowly wide and his overhead kick going just over ten minutes later.
With three minutes of normal time remaining Newby went down softly in the box but the referee point to the spot leaving Aveley manager Justin Gardener furious.
Witham Town’s captain stepped up and placed the penalty straight down the middle ending the game on a sour note but the visitors rightly deserved the three points.