Fri 27
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Rowsley 86
J PARFITT (24'), J SCULLY (83'), (90' Pen)
A LATE, LATE SCULLY SHOW RESCUES CLAY CROSS

A LATE, LATE SCULLY SHOW RESCUES CLAY CROSS

By Dave Clark
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The 'Millers' grind out a win against the 'Millers'


It promised to be a game of high incident and goals from both sides who were to contest this derby game on a damp Friday evening and the 124 supporters didn't leave disappointed. Both sides entered the field of play unbeaten in their opening league games and it was clear from the outset that the '86 wanted to end our run in our own back yard. First strike however came from Josh Parfitt whose glancing header from a Josh Scully corner on 24 minutes encouraged the home supporters.
That lead was pegged back eleven minutes later when an unstoppable 25 yard drive from Shomari Doyle left little hope of Ryan Hopkins making a save. Then reduced to ten-men the visitors looked to be on the course for self-destruction as the game reached the half-way stage but no further scoring took place.
The Millers started off the second half looking for a goal to edge them in front once again but keeper Matt Rhodes was more than equal to all of the efforts and with fifty-three minutes on the clock it was Noah Evans who forced his Rowsley team into a 2-1 lead and the Millers looked to be reeling. Both sides continued to attack but without any real conviction and with the game entering the last ten-minutes it looked to be the first league defeat for the Clay Cross men but nobody accounted for the silky skills of Josh Scully. When a rare opportunity presented itself to the in-form captain he pulled the trigger from twenty-yards out and watched as it flew past the outstretched Rhodes. The Millers supporters were no doubt satisfied that a point had somehow been rescued from the jaws of defeat but the players sensed that a victory was still possible and pressed forward in a last ditch effort. It was in the ninetieth-minute that their reward came when Aaron O'Neill was clearly culpable of handling the ball in the box and left referee, Bradley Maw no option to award a penalty. Expressing no signs of pressure and taking full responsibility for the kick it was Josh Scully who faced Rhodes to win the game. Rhodes chose the right way to dive but Scully's hard and low shot was well beyond his reach and secured yet another three-points for the league leaders.
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Match details

Match date

Fri 27, Sep 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

124

Competition

Black Dragon Badges South Division

League position

1
Clay Cross Town
3
Rowsley 86
JOSHUA DANIEL SCULLY

Player of the match

JOSHUA DANIEL SCULLY