FC Elmstead put in an impressive and resilient performance to hold our Premier Division Champions to a 2-2 draw in Chislehurst.
After a goalless first half Elmstead took the lead against the run of play thanks to a fine Ashley Bertrand volley.
Francis Babalola soon equalised for the Millers before Bertand scored again, this time with a fine chip from distance.
Cray Valley then put the pressure on through to the final whistle and were rewarded via a deflected effort from Emiliano Hysi.
Speaking to Kentish Football, Assistant Manager Gerry Gonnella reflected on the game:
“Very good from the boys, worked hard to be fair to them. They played like it was a cup final. They worked their socks off. They have been for the last week and a half so if they can carry that into the season, I think we’ll be alright,”
“We saw a lot about them as individuals and as a team. The new team has been together for a week and a half and they showed great spirit and togetherness and they can have that mentality going forwards, then it’s brilliant for us and them.”
“I did want (the scalp of beating Cray Valley) under our belt to be fair. I know they don’t count much in pre-season but it does send some sort of message out to the whole league because I’ve been saying it to these lot being like the silent team, when no-ones talking about them, you just creep up and hopefully go for promotion and that’s our plan.
“We’re not doing much talking or publicity on social media, we’re just keeping quiet ourselves. If we kept on to the 2-1 win that would’ve been a great confidence boost.”
Next-up for Elmstead is a friendly with Metrogas on Saturday.