New Mills 3 Farsley 0
The Millers clinched a comfortable three-goal victory against Farsley on Monday night to secure a home tie in the Evo-Stik League First Division North play-offs.
The three points ensured the Millers cannot finish below third place in the league, meaning that, although their opponents are still to be decided, the High Peak side will have the advantage of the New Mills faithful behind them when their play-off semi-final kicks-off on Monday afternoon.
The return of seasoned campaigner Mark Innes into the side was to prove a masterstroke by manager Roy Soule, as the midfielder gave the Millers the lead with just 18 seconds on the clock.
Straight from the kick-off, a fine passing move released Daniel Grimshaw wide on the right. He raced into the penalty area before sliding an inch-perfect pass into the path of the incoming Innes, who finished in style for what is only his third goal in an amber jersey, in over 150 appearances.
The Millers doubled their lead on 35 minutes. Fish played a clever through ball that sent Raducio King clear on goal. The pacy striker nudged the ball around Higginson and slotted into an empty net.
Having seen Innes score less than a minute after being restored to the side, another Soule change in the second half also paid off in astonishing fashion. On 78 minutes he replaced the tiring King with Luke Horrocks, and just seconds after coming on the winger, making his comeback from injury, clinched victory.
A slick passing move ended when Innes burst into the penalty area and squared to Horrocks six yards out, and he made no mistake, slotting past Higginson.
Millers: Stevenson, Weston, Fitzpatrick, Innes, Bowler, Egerton (Graham), Meakin, Young (c), Fish, King (Horrocks), Grimshaw (Steve Moore). Unused substitutes: Chadwick, Hampson. Att: 130.