FA Cup exit for Millers

New Mills v Squires Gate, FA Cup.
New Mills v Squires Gate, FA Cup.

New Mills were dumped out of the FA Cup at the preliminary round stage, after a 3-2 reverse at home to Squires Gate.

Roy Soule’s side conceded a two-goal lead to exit at the first hurdle to lower-league opponents.

Squires Gate started brightly and were the better team for the first 20 minutes of the game, with Collinge having to make a full-length save early on.

Collinge was forced into another save from Billy McKenna as the visitors threatened to open the scoring.

New Mills came back into the game after this and seven minutes before half-time, Grimshaw’s cross from the right eventually found Michael Smith, who converted from a couple of yards out.

The Millers extended their lead ten minutes into the second half, when Wes Bancroft’s shot from the left flew over the goalkeeper and into the right side of the goal.

Despite building a two-goal lead, Soule’s men conceded a sloppy goal three minutes later when Josh Westwood headed home.

The hosts looked like they would hang on to the lead, but five minutes from time substitute Jack Forshaw lashed beyond Collinge.

With a replay looking ominous, it was the North West Counties Premier side who snatched victory in stoppage time when Sam Dickinson’s effort flew into the net to secure a trip to Bamber Bridge in the first qualifying round.

New Mills: Collinge, Hynes, Fitton, Grimshaw (Parsons), Shaw, Wood, Smith (Howells), Knight, Bancroft, Welsby, Alexander (Hampson).