FA Cup exit follows disappointing Millers display

FA Cup First Qualifying Round: Deeping Rangers 5, New Mills AFC 1

NEW MILLS’ long trip to Peterborough was a fruitless one as they exited The FA Cup after producing a very disappointing display against Deeping Rangers on Saturday.

Still without a number of key individuals through injury and suspension respectively, it was important that The Millers tightened up defensively after gifting the opposition some soft goals in recent weeks but that theory lasted all of 85 seconds.

Goalkeeper Ben Proctor half saved a Josh Moreman effort and despite looking suspiciously offside, Mark Jones was on hand to mop up the looping ball from close range.

As New Mills looked to get back on level terms, home keeper James Doughty produced about his only save of the afternoon in the fourth minute.

Antony Field’s cross was neatly controlled by Dean Crowe and he laid the ball into the path of strike partner Ashley Stott whose effort was blocked by Doughty.

Doughty was beaten in the 17th minute when Clive Brown firmly met Field’s corner but the centre half’s header was hacked off the goal-line by Rangers captain Adam Weston.

In a tight opening half, goalscoring opportunities were at a premium and when one did finally arrive, Ben Proctor made an excellent reflex save to deny Jones his second of the afternoon.

The opening exchanges of the second half were equally as tight and while The Millers probed away in the midfield areas, they simply didn’t look like getting back on level terms.

Things got worse for the visitors in the 65th minute when the home side were awarded a penalty. Proctor challenged Moreman in the area and while there were no appeals as the home player half stumbled under the keeper’s efforts to win the ball, referee Mr Kinnear, some 40 yards plus behind play, awarded a spot kick.

Tony Battersby stepped up to send Proctor the wrong way from 12 yards.

The game was effectively over as a contest when Deeping scored two goals courtesy of Moreman in a three-minute spell as they capitalised on acres of space being granted to them by The Millers seemingly non-existent back line.

Even when New Mills finally got on the scoresheet with six minutes remaining when Spencer Tinkler put substitute Justin Pickering’s cross through his own goal, there was still sufficient time for Kevin Gilbert to put the seal on a thoroughly miserable afternoon for New Mills.

New Mills: Ben Proctor, Michael Bowler, Otis Gorman, Danny Jackson, Clive Brown (James Moss), Chris Curley, Antony Field (Carl Carey), Chris Young, Ashley Stott, Dean Crowe, Luke Horrocks (Justin Pickering).

* The Millers look to return to winning ways with a double header of home games. On Saturday afternoon, they entertain Loughborough Dynamo in The Evo-Stik League (kick-off 3pm) before Salford City are the visitors on Monday evening in The Doodson Sport Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).