Millers secure last-four spot

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Vodkat League Cup Quarter-Final

Glossop North End 0

New Mills AFC 2

NEW MILLS won the last High Peak derby of the season to book their place in the semi-finals of the Vodkat League Cup on Bank Holiday Monday.

Rivals Glossop North End, wearing a black and white commemorative shirt to represent the club’s 125-year existence, were outclassed by an impressive Millers side. The opening goal came from Dan Douglas-Pringle. The striker latched onto a ball that was stepped over by Dean Crowe, turned Richard Gresty and then smashed the ball past a helpless Jon McIlwaine.

The Hillmen conceded a second minutes later. Crowe headed the ball past McIlwaine from a superb cross by Adam Mather on the left.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Hillmen as centre-back Gresty hobbled off with a potential dislocated knee after a collision with McIlwaine.

Glossop started the second half with intent and immediately went on the offensive, Garry Kharas nearly poking the ball past Ben Proctor who had spilt a Darren Hamilton shot. But the Millers quickly regained control of the game. Carlos Meakin forced McIlwaine to make a good save after Meakin’s powerful free-kick looked destined for the roof of the net.

l New Mills will host Runcorn Town, victors over Wigan Robin Park, in the semi-finals at Church Lane on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). The final is at Curzon Ashton FC’s ground on Wednesday May 11.