Mil­let ‘just get­ting started,’ warns Vale boss Emanuel

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL JA­COB Emanuel praised hat­trick hero James Mil­let as Hertswood Vale edged two points clear af­ter beat­ing pro­mo­tion ri­vals SPEC.

Vale re­sponded to Matt Leader’s sev­en­th­minute opener to level via Ben Mandel’s fifth goal in three games, af­ter Elio Elia’s shot had re­bounded off the cross­bar. Mil­let then reg­is­tered twice dur­ing a 20-minute pe­riod be­fore Dan Co­hen scored a sec­ond goal for SPEC.

Mil­let re­stored Vale’s two-goal ad­van­tage two min­utes into the sec­ond half be­fore Josh Wood sealed the points with a fifth with 24 min­utes re­main­ing. Josh Green claimed SPEC’s third goal to give the score­line a sense of re­spectabil­ity.

Vale joint-man­ager Emanuel re­marked: “Hav­ing not scored in our last two games, James was as de­ter­mined as I’ve seen him this sea­son and he de­servedly grabbed his first Vale hat-trick. His third goal was one of the best in­di­vid­ual goals you’re likely to see this sea­son. That’s 10 goals for him so far, and he’s just get­ting started.” Emanuel also praised SPEC and said: “In fair­ness, they were a force through­out and we never felt truly com­fort­able at 5-2. They de­served their third goal with the last kick of the game. “I’ve no doubt, our re­verse fix­ture in two weeks’ time will be an­other cracker.” SPEC player-man­ager Ricky Lawrence com­mented: “We can’t have any com­plaints about the re­sult, the bet­ter team won.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

James Mil­let

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