Millers lose again at Parkside

Christan Assombalonga, who is drawing attention, grabbed Abbey's first goal.

Aveley 1, Waltham Abbey 3
AVELEY’S love affair with their new home at Parkside is a slow burner, not helped at all by a fourth home Bostik North defeat of the season on Monday evening.
The Abbots were good value for the win, they looked sharper on the ball for much of the night and alwasys looked the more likely to score, though it took defensive hesitancy for the opening goal on 16 minutes when Christian Assombalonga – a striker who drew several scouts to Parkside – nipped between back four and keeper Rhys Madden to prod the ball home.
The second goal on 33 minutes owed more to Abbey’s craft than any defensive frailty though Aveley boss Terry Spillane probably thought his side still should have done better to close down a move that ended with Shad Ngandu sidefooting the ball home from close range.
Aveley were always honest, and there was plenty of effort, but not a lot of end result, and it was no real surprise that a third goal – when it came – was in their net. The scorer on 78 minutes, was Daniel Rimmell who raced through on the end of a long ball and slammed the ball inside the gap that Madden had left invitingly at his near post.
In the closing stages Aveley had the consolation of a Billy Coyne penalty and the gloss was taken a little off Abbey’s evening when sub Petrit Elbi was dismissed in added time.
If there was any consolation for Millers it was in another impressive crowd, 266 turned up to watch the game at the club’s fine new facility.