North Leigh triumphed in relegation 6-pointer and overtake opponents Aylesbury to move within two points of safety.
Anything but a win would have meant almost certain relegation but positive results against Coleshill and Welwyn last time out put momentum in the North Leigh’s favour. Despite the setback of Andy Gunn injuring his hamstring in the warm up bringing a last minute start for Dan James, the Millers squad was bolstered by injury returns for Rory Linford-Pill and regular captain Ben Brown.
The Millers were the hungrier of the two teams keeping the majority of possession in the first half an hour and looked to cause trouble down the wings through Jordy Ngathe and Roger James but it was Aylesbury who had came the closest to scoring after Eddie Cavanagh was caught in no mans land but breathed a sigh of relief when Ty Deacon’s chip bounced off the crossbar.
With the game looking to go into the break goalless, Ben Brown lead from the front and headed Henry Landers’ free-kick into the back of the net in the 42nd minute to score his first goal of the season and send the travelling fans wild.
The Millers came out after the break all guns blazing wanting to put the game to bed early and the opportunity fell to this season’s hero, Henry Landers, who tucked a perfect through ball under Aylesbury’s keeper to make it two-nil just before the hour mark.
Fresh legs in Kyreece, Noah and Bradley were brought on shortly after to keep the high intensity and preserve the lead and the final cherry on the cake saw Jordy Ngathe’s talented footwork win a penalty in stoppage time with Henry stepping up and firing home to wrap up the victory and score his 21st goal of the season.
The brilliant defensive performance must be mentioned, especially to Dan James who played his first 90 minutes this year, as they really limited any attacking threats and it was back-to-back away clean sheets for goalkeeper Eddie.
Having sat 8 points from safety at the end of March, survival now hangs in the balance and all eyes are on the bank holiday weekend with the four relegation teams each having a doubleheader.