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It's Miller time as Albion progress

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Youngsters progress to last eight of Sussex Senior Cup.

By Bruce Talbot • 14 December 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Todd Miller scored the only goal of the game as Albion progressed to the next round.

Todd Miller’s second-half goal was enough to seal Albion’s place in the quarter-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup as they overcame Chichester City 1-0 at Oaklands Park on Tuesday.

A young Albion side, predominantly made up of under-18s, were treading the boards in the shadow of Chichester’s famous Festival Theatre but were in danger of fluffing their lines at times against a lively home side who are having a good season at step four of the pyramid. 

But with the possibility of a 30-minute extra-time encore looming, Miller’s heavily deflected effort flew in to ensure that Albion’s tour of Sussex’s footballing theatres, which has now taken in performances at Haywards Heath and Chichester, will be back on the road early in 2022.

The stage at Oaklands Park was hardly conducive to the passing game Albion like to play and neither keeper was tested until the 16th minute when Fynn Talley held a free kick from Chichester’s Rob Hutchings at the second attempt.

By Paul Hazlewood
Samy Chouchane lines up a shot for Albion.

Albion’s best chance of the first half came seven minutes later. Ruairi McConville’s run was halted 25 yards out and the hardworking Samy Chouchane picked out defender Ben Jackson whose powerful header flew just over the bar.

A few minutes later Josh Duffus ran powerfully down the right and his inviting cross only just evaded Todd Miller at the far post.

But it was Chichester who finished the half strongly. Tyrone Madhani forced Talley to save a right-foot shot when he got through then Ethan Prichard capitalised when Jackson gave the ball away and hit the corner of post and bar at Talley’s near post.

Chichester had a good spell at the start of the second half and wasted no opportunity to get the ball into the box but Albion nearly broke the deadlock on the hour when Leigh Kavanagh’s header from a free kick nearly found its way in at the far post.

Substitute Zac Emmerson was desperately close to breaking the deadlock in the 69th minute when he met Chouchane’s cross with a powerful drive but Chichester keeper Ollie Carroll made a great block with his legs as he dived the other way.

By Paul Hazlewood
Todd Miller grabbed Albion's goal with 20 minutes to play.

But Carroll was beaten two minutes later when Miller’s speculative effort from distance took a big deflection which wrong-footed the keeper and into the net.

Chichester pushed men forward in search of an equaliser but Albion’s defence held firm and threatened a second on the break. Emmerson should have done better when he got through on goal but lifted his effort over Carroll and the crossbar.

Albion won’t get too many five-star reviews on this occasion but they showed plenty of character against decent opposition to get the job done.

Albion: Talley, McConville, Kavanagh, Jackson, Duffus, Chouchane, Jenks, Miller, Gee, Wilson (Emmerson 63), Ella (Smith 77). 

Subs not used: Lucero, Fisher, Qureshi.