A solid performance saw New Mills bring back all three points from the Butchers’ Arms on Tuesday evening.
In a battling Millers performance, they were at no time outplayed and could well have come away with a more convincing scoreline.
The best of the visitors’ chances came in the first half, with Melford Knight hitting the outside of the left-hand post from about 25 yards after 32 minutes, followed five minutes later by a cross from the left by Danny Shaw which was headed just over the bar by Daniel Forde.
A minute into first-half stoppage time, a cross from the left by Michael Smith found James Hampson just inside the area directly in front of the goal and his looping header beat Saunders to give New Mills a half-time lead.
The Bloods, who had four ex-Millers including former favourite Carlos Meakin on the team sheet, produced perhaps their best chance in the 66th minute when a corner on the right was headed on and then put fractionally wide of the left-hand post.
The Millers absorbed everything that Droylsden had to throw at them and had a chance to increase the lead ten minutes from the end when a long clearance by Peter Collinge found its way to Ryan Hopper, whose shot from outside the area floated just over.
Three minutes later, Mike Shenton did well to clear off the New Mills line when a rasping shot was hit from 20 yards.
The final real opportunity of the match fell to Wes Bancroft who chased a ball down the right but was forced wide by the keeper. He managed to go around the keeper but was too far from goal and too near the goal-line and the ball ended up in the side netting.
Overall, a very encouraging performance by the Millers after the disappointing opening-day defeat at home to Burscough.
New Mills: Collinge, Shaw, Fitton, Parsons, Shenton, Wood, Smith, Forde (Welsby), Hampson (Bancroft), Knight, Grimshaw (Hopper). Unused substitutes: Alexander, Pollard.