Whaley Bridge reserves suffered their first defeat of the season in the quarter-final of the Derbyshire Cup as local rivals New Mills ended their proud unbeaten record.
A solitary goal from the Millers’ Chris Prodromis midway through the first half ensured that the holders would advance to the semi-finals of the competition.
Those who braved the bitterly cold conditions experienced a tight game which offered very little in the way of goalmouth action.
New Mills full-back Jamie Kay saw yellow for a two-footed challenge on the lively Kieran Shuker in the opening minutes and shortly afterwards the home side had the first of few chances in the game.
Laurence Reynolds created a golden opportunity when he skipped past Danny Jackson before firing wide.
The visitors’ first sight of goal came after 20 minutes when an innocuous looking shot was spilled by Whaley goalkeeper Connor Malpus, but the ball rebounded back off the post and into his grateful grasp.
New Mills followed up that warning shot with the opening goal on 30 minutes.
Prodromis finished neatly having seen his teammate’s initial effort well saved by Malpus.
Whaley’s central defensive partnership of Turner and Hegarty has proved hard to breach all season and the second half of this game was no different.
New Mills seldom threatened in the face of staunch defending, as the home side searched for a leveller at the other end of the field.
As the hosts continued to press, substitute Brad Hodgson was bundled over on the edge of the box and from the resulting set-piece Tom Wildgoose’s curling effort was handled in the wall.
However despite claims for a penalty, the referee awarded another free-kick which was blocked on its route to goal as the Millers held on for a last-four berth.