Clay Cross Town took their start to the new campaign to an impressive seven games unbeaten last Saturday by overcoming Ashland Rovers by a 6-1 margin. The Millers arrived just over the county boundary into Nottinghamshire on the back of an impressive FA Vase victory in the same county a mere four days earlier against Gedling Miners Welfare.
However the league title is the primary aim for the Millers this season and after going behind from a Ben Jones goal on only three-minutes it was clear that they would have to work for every single point.
After this fragile start the Clay Cross men started to finally put their game together and pulled the score level on ten minutes when Joshua Daniel Scully fired a penalty kick hard and low past Devan Merryweather.
Now on the ascendancy and pushing hard on the home defence the pressure was justifiably rewarded by a headed goal from Grant Mitchell on 21 minutes following a Josh Scully corner. It was an almost replicated move that saw Mitchell head home again from another Scully corner on 42 minutes taking the Millers into a comfortable lead at the break.
The first evidence of a goal rout came on 66 minutes when Joshua Daniel Scully lined up a free kick twenty-five yards out. The kick left keeper, Merryweather a mere bystander as it whistled into the bottom right hand corner and beyond his reach.
Now playing with an air of confidence and authority the Millers continued to descend in numbers on the Ashland goal and the next goal came from the boot of Grant Mitchell to secure his hat-trick and the Millers fifth goal.
The final goal of the afternoon came after an impressive run by Kieran Ordidge who skipped by the challenge of Mark Summers, clipped the ball back into the path of substitute, Tom Suter who subsequently smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
A game at Wakefield Reserves on Tuesday in the Floodlight Cup is followed by the visit of Rowsley ’86 this Friday evening at Mill lane. Kick-off 7.45pm.