Mills continue unbeaten run
New boys Union Mills extended their unbeaten run in the Canada Life Premier League to four matches on Saturday, despite a far-from-convincing 2-0 victory over a lively Gymns outfit at the Ballaoates ground.
The Millers, without key striker Steven Quine, scored in each half to see off a Tromode side that look much better organised this term under new manager Ken Hedley.
It was Derek Cowley’s team, however, that made the more impressive start and a fine run and shot from the exciting Matty Cain posted an early warning to the visitors’ defence.
As the half progressed the home side held the attacking initiative but the visitors looked dangerous on the break and the busy Mike Booth watched a fine effort skim an upright.
Then on the half hour mark the Mills duly took the lead when Cain raced into the box before firing home a superbly struck drive.
Before the break it could well have been two but Gymns’ keeper Chris Kelly produced an excellent save to deny his name-sake from the home side.
The visitors, though, were in resolute form and straight from the restart the talented Steven Cretney forced Mills keeper Danny Christian into a spectacular save. The away side were also missing their regular goal-getter Nick Bowden, through injury, and his return could well prove critical to the Tromode side.
Mills’ Kelly appeared to put the game beyond doubt midway through the half but his well-hit effort was smartly helped over the bar by Jonathan Broad’s outstretched foot. Gymns then enjoyed their best spell of the game and Jez Lovett sent a fine effort inches over the crossbar.
Hedley’s side, however, then pressed the self-destruct button as both Danny Rose and Gareth Gawne were sent off for acts of frustration. With time running out Kyle Uren then cashed in on a defensive mistake before slamming home the second, much to the relief of a tense home support.
Union Mills: Danny Christian, Dave Clarke, Dan Woznika, Chris Kelly, Stephen Halsall, Karl Dobbin (Nuno Sousa) Michael Nash, Gareth Logan, Kyle Uren (Craig Ennett) James Cannell (Eddie Howland) Matty Cain
Gymns: Chris Kelly, Jonathan Broad, Barry Hardinge, Danny Rose, Wayne Mears, Mark Connor (Adam Fick) Michael Booth, Gareth Gawne, Steven Cretney, Jez Lovett (Ryan Edge) Luke Fisher (Simon Dixon)
Referee: Danny Cowin - allowed the game to flow and explained his decisions to the players which appeared to help his control
Man of the Match: Chris Kelly (Mills) - worked really hard in midfield often to good effect. Jonathan Broad (Gymns) was not far behind
Match rating: HHHII Attendance: 48
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