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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Clacton 10 Millwall 32
Millwall clinched their second win of the season on Saturday, but captain Jamie Rockman warned there is still plenty of room for improvement.
A hat-trick from in-form Tom Ronayne, plus a try each for Renaz Refaithu, Karl Mitchell and Matt Rowland ensured the visitors returned from the seaside with a bonus-point win and moved to fourth in Essex League One.
But Rockman believes his team-mates cannot afford to rest on their laurels if Millwall are to remain in the promotion shake-up this season.
“We worked hard today and I was very pleased with the boys’ effort,” he said.
“It’s a long season though, so we still have a lot more to work on.”
Millwall started the game with an expansive style of play. Fly-half Mitchell was a key player dictating the pace of the game and picking off key passes to release his outside backs, who made good ground on each attack.
Full-back Rowland and Refaithu came close to breaking the deadlock a number of times with several line breaks, however Clacton defended well to deny Millwall.
But the visitors eventually broke the deadlock when centre Ronayne cut through the Clacton back-line and crossed for five points under the posts.
Ronayne picked up his second score after some great work from Rowland in the Clacton 22.
The home side raised their game and came back at Millwall with some impressive mauling off their lineouts and eventually got a deserved try off a well-worked forward move.
Millwall responded well though and Mitchell scored after breaking through a number of Clacton defenders.
The visitors put the game beyond doubt with Ronayne combining well with Finbar Dennehy to complete his treble.
And, with the bonus point in the bag, Millwall topped off their day with Refaihu crossing for Millwall’s fifth try in the corner.
Delighted coach Dave Roberts said: “Clacton is a difficult place to come and win, but to come down and get a bonus point is a credit to the boys.
“We have a break now next week, so it’s back to the drawing board for our next home game against Maldon in two weeks.”