Welcome home win for battling Millers

New Mills v Shepshed Dynamo. Photo: Allan Toft.
New Mills v Shepshed Dynamo. Photo: Allan Toft.
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Evo-Stik First Division South

New Mills AFC 4, Shepshed Dynamo 2

A FOUR-GOAL burst in 11 second-half minutes illuminated Church Lane and proved sufficient for New Mills to turn Shepshed Dynamo’s lights out on Saturday.

New Mills had a very presentable opportunity to open the scoring as early as the second minute but Luke Horrocks couldn’t capitalise on a quick free-kick and disappointingly fired straight at Sam Andrew.

Shepshed’s on-loan keeper again denied Leon Grandison shortly after but the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock in the early exchanges was when Shepshed’s Ricky Muggleton’s shot from distance rattled the top of the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

As the first half progressed, Andrew continued to excel in Shepshed’s goal particularly with a low save down to his left which prevented Carlos Meakin from breaking the deadlock.

His saves were rewarded on the stroke of half-time when The Dynamos took the lead. A cheap free-kick was conceded by New Mills around the halfway line and despite Tony Barras’ desperate attempt to clear the danger, the unmarked Muggleton was on hand to head the set-piece home from eight yards.

That advantage was doubled eight minutes after the interval when Jerome O’Connor linked up well with Jacob Sturgess down the left and the former’s low shot flashed past James Coates and ended up in the corner of the net.

The home side really stepped up to the plate after falling two goals behind and scored three times themselves in a remarkable four-minute spell to completely transform the game.

Firstly Horrocks’ cross was superbly met on the run by Meakin whose shot clipped the underside of the crossbar before going in, and The Millers were on level terms seconds later when Grandison’s low shot was just too good for Andrew.

New Mills were on a high at this point and a hotly-disputed penalty saw them take the lead in the 62nd minute. There was no doubt that keeper Andrew fouled Luke Horrocks but there was a question mark whether the infringement happened inside or outside the penalty area. After consultation with his assistant, referee Mr Pashley awarded a spot kick which Dave Fitzpatrick converted with ease to incredibly give The Millers the lead.

That advantage was increased even further in the 71st minute when centre half Tony Barras headed home his first goal for the club in his 42nd appearance after connecting perfectly with Fitzpatrick’s inswinging corner kick.

The game turned a little feisty as it reached its conclusion with players on both sides throwing their handbags and dummies around and Mr Pashley had to be alert to prevent the game from boiling over. Thankfully that didn’t happen and the game will be remembered in the rightful manner of providing two hours of fantastic entertainment and providing the home faithful with another roller-coaster afternoon as they witnessed a win at Church Lane for the first time since early September.

New Mills: Coates, Bowler, Fitzpatrick, Brown, Barras, Pickford, Meakin, Innes, Stott (Bingham), Grandison (Cox), Horrocks (Pickering). Unused subs: Edridge, Field.