Derbyshire Senior Cup Quarter Final: Gresley 0, New Mills AFC 1
A SEMI-FINAL tie against a Derby County XI awaits New Mills AFC as The Millers ended Gresley’s 22-match unbeaten run last week.
Following successive midweek postponements, The Moat Ground eventually hosted the game at the third time of asking as the hosts, who reached the last 16 of The FA Vase the previous weekend with a dramatic penalty shoot out victory against Three Bridges, looked to extend their undefeated sequence of results which stretched back to the first week of October.
Richard Hanslow was twice denied in the early stages of the game by good New Mills defending.
Firstly Jordan Edridge was well placed to kick his shot off the line in the 13th minute and then shortly after Ross Needham excellently blocked another one of his efforts after the Gresley player had rounded keeper James Coates.
With goalscoring chances at a premium for the remainder of the opening period, that defending was further rewarded when The Millers took the lead in first half stoppage time.
Antony Field picked up a loose ball in the middle of park and after accelerating away, the young midfielder drove a superb low shot from the edge of the penalty area past the despairing hand of Tom Gutteridge.
The second half largely followed the pattern of the first forty five minutes with the ball concentrated mainly in the midfield third of the pitch.
Of the two sides, Gresley created the more meaningful opportunities and felt they should have been awarded a spot kick when Marc Goodfellow was upended.
Although the attacker fell into the area, referee Mr Thornhill decreed that the offence took place outside the box and awarded a free kick much to the home side’s frustration.
As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, Gresley’s last chance to take the game into extra time passed when Goodfellow’s shot rebounded to safety off the crossbar and with that, New Mills’s passage into the semi final’s was assured.
New Mills: Coates, Edridge (Pickering), Needham, Swirad, Barras, Bowler, Field, Innes, Douglas-Pringle, Stott, Horrocks.
* The semi-final tie against a Derby County XI will be played at Christchurch Meadow, home of Belper Town FC, on Wednesday February 15 (kick-off 7.30pm).