FA Carlsberg Trophy: New Mills 1, Ossett Albion 0
A DRAMATIC injury-time winner from debutant Daniel Grimshaw broke Ossett Albion’s stubborn resistance at Church Lane on Saturday to help New Mills register their first victory in the FA Trophy since the 1976/77 season.
In what was the Millers’ third successive cup fixture, manager Ally Pickering fielded a further newcomer by way of experienced ex-Oldham Athletic, Sunderland and Derby County defender Chris Makin, who filled the defensive void created by Dave Chadwick’s continued suspension.
After a fairly even start to the game, Steve Moore was the architect of a move which produced a stinging shot from Grimshaw and drew a fine fingertip save from Ossett keeper Jody Barford.
Possibly the best chance of the first half came two minutes prior to the interval when Moore wriggled free from his marker, and his percentage ball across the face of the goal ended up just inches past strike partner Harry Noon’s desperate outstretched lunge at the back post.
Ossett started much brighter after the interval and had the ball in the net around ten minutes into the second half but were denied by the assistant’s raised flag.
The introduction of three attacking changes saw New Mills create but squander good heading opportunities for both Moore and replacement Ross Needham. These substitutions also released Carlos Meakin from his defensive duties and with ten minutes remaining, the skipper stung the palms of Barford with a neatly controlled, low half volley.
With the clock ticking down in stoppage time, Grimshaw collected a loose ball around 25 yards from goal and hit a low shot which found the net via the inside of the post.
The result secures New Mills a home fixture against Evo-Stik Premier Division side Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday September 29.
New Mills: Coates, Bowler, Fitzpatrick, Makin, Grimshaw, Young (Pickering), Meakin, Millen (Armstrong), Noon (Needham), Moore, Horrocks. Unused subs: Moss, Alford.