Goal in each half proves enough for the Millers

Evo-Stik First Division South: Kidsgrove Athletic 0, New Mills AFC 2

A GOAL in each half was enough for New Mills to take maximum points in the mid-table clash with Kidsgrove on Tuesday night.

Despite the home side striking the woodwork twice in the first period, the Millers led through a Justin Pickering strike.

The points were wrapped up late on, as Carlos Meakin converted a spot-kick after Luke Horrocks was brought down in the box.

New Mills should have taken the lead on 19 minutes, as Ben Deegan headed at keeper Steve Hodgson from James Moss’ cross from the left.

Kidsgrove went close themselves a minute later, as Andy Kinsey curled against the top of the crossbar.

The visitors took the lead on 28 minutes, when Michael Bowler’s free-kick was weakly punched by Hodgson, into the path of Pickering who fired home from 20 yards.

Danny Griggs almost pulled Grove level before the break, but his drive cannoned off the outside of the post.

Karl Charlton was inches away from a leveller just past the hour mark, but his overhead kick from Danny Smith’s free-kick went wide.

The Millers almost scored a second on 76 minutes, as Pickering found Deegan; but he curled wide of the upright. They were awarded a penalty three minutes later, as Horrocks was upended in the box by Smith. Meakin confidently stepped up to slot the ball low into the centre of the net, with Hodgson diving to his right.