Evo-Stik First Division South
Sutton Coldfield Town 1, New Mills 0
A SINGLE goal from Sutton’s Craig Marshall ensured New Mills slipped to a narrow defeat in Birmingham on Saturday.
The first half was a tight yet scrappy affair with neither side having any significant efforts on goal.
The closest anybody went to scoring was when a shot from striker Marshall was well held by Millers keeper James Coates.
The second half began with the home side pressing, and from a corner James Quiggin had a snapshot well blocked by Coates and the rebound fell to him but it was again well blocked.
The game’s only goal arrived halfway through the second half when Gerald Mulholland’s corner was met by Marshall at the back post whose header gave Coates no chance.
The goal finally stung New Mills into action and after Clive Brown had a goal disallowed for a very marginal offside decision, striker Ashley Stott should have rescued a point for The Millers which would have been a creditable reward for their overall hard work and endeavours.
After making a well-timed run across the goal, only Stott will be able to say how he missed the opportunity when any meaningful contact with the ball would have resulted in a goal.
New Mills: Coates, Edridge, Moss, Gorman, Bowler, Brown, Fitzpatrick, Innes, Stott, Grandison, Horrocks. Subs: Field, Pickering, Grandison, Gale, Cox.