Evo-Stik Div One South: Shepshed Dynamo 2, New Mills AFC 2
A dramatic late equaliser from Daniel Douglas-Pringle grabbed a third successive league draw for New Mills.
Despite their lowly league position, Shepshed had lost only once at The Dovecote this season and their lively start to the game nearly produced the opening goal but Millers keeper Ben Proctor did well to block an early shot from Steve Chaplin.
It was Chaplin though who broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when, following a run down the left from Ryan North, the ball fell to the striker who fired into the corner of the net from just inside the area.
Leon Grandison, making a very welcome return to the Millers’ starting line-up following a serious knee injury picked up at Colne in March, grabbed an equaliser with 11 minutes of the first half remaining.
His pace and power saw him outmuscle Iain Screaton before stabbing the ball past the onrushing Ayden Duffy.
That wasn’t to be the last goal of the half though as Dynamo retook the lead right on the stroke of the whistle when Jay’lee Hodgson, a full international who has played for Montserrat in World Cup qualifying games, produced an outrageous lob over Ben Proctor from well over 30 yards
Immediately after the break, the home side again had the ball in the net but Ricky Law’s effort was ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.
Despite efforts from the returning Mark Innes, Luke Horrocks and Kristian Cox, the Millers were often guilty of overplaying in the pursuit of a second equaliser and as the game drifted into injury time, it looked like they were slipping to defeat.
However, Daniel Douglas-Pringle capitalised on home keeper Ayden Duffy’s failure to clear a corner kick to bag a point for New Mills, and there was even time left in the game for Shepshed’s Hodgson to receive a second yellow card from the referee.