New Mills proving that’s away to do it

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Division One South

Goole AFC 0, New Mills 4

NEW MILLS fought off The Vikings as they produced another excellent away performance on Saturday.

Goole’s Simon Harrison struck a tame shot straight at James Coates in the opening minute and the Millers keeper then failed to deal properly with a long punt from his counterpart Jevan Hodgson. Thankfully Vill Powell couldn’t capitalise on the gaping goal.

Within seconds of that scare, New Mills took the lead after breaking quickly. Leon Grandison’s scuffed shot-cum-cross fell invitingly for Carlos Meakin whose first effort was well blocked by Hodgson but the midfielder made no mistake with the follow up.

The visitors should have doubled their advantage in the 23rd minute when Antony Field’s pinpoint cross took Goole’s centre halves out of the game but Ashley Stott’s diving header from within the six-yard box beat the keeper and also the outside of the post.

James Coates’ reflexes had to be sharp as he made a fine double save, which proved important as New Mills increased their lead just after the half hour. Meakin turned goal provider as he started the attack with an excellent challenge in the middle of the park. Field then held up the ball well before releasing overlapping left back Dave Fitzpatrick who ran onto the pass before finding the bottom corner with a sweet left-footed strike.

As half-time approached, Goole pressed forward and only a well timed block from Jordan Edridge denied Glyn Cotton and from the resulting corner, a downward header from eight yards could only find the grateful hands of Coates.

Stott made the game safe midway through the second half. Goole could only half clear a corner and after Luke Horrocks swept the ball out wide to Meakin, the midfielder cut inside the full back and shot at Hodgson. The keeper fumbled and Stott was the grateful recipient.

Goole’s goalkeeper then produced an outstanding fingertip save to deny Field’s dipping 30-yard volley, but promptly fumbled a fairly innocuous effort from Horrocks and was thankful to his post for saving him.

The last New Mills goal arrived deep in stoppage time. Whereas earlier in the half, Stott’s chip didn’t have sufficient height to beat the goalkeeper, Leon Grandison’s certainly did as he beat Hodgson from 25 yards with a measured lob.

New Mills: Coates, Edridge, Fitzpatrick, Bowler (Gale), Gorman, Innes, Meakin, Field (K Grandison), Stott (Pickering), L Grandison, Horrocks. Unused substitute: Needham.