Meakin inspires Millers away win

Vodkat Premier Division

Bootle 2

New Mills 3

A DOUBLE from Carlos Meakin secured New Mills a crucial three points as the Millers extended their lead at the top of the Vodkat Premier Division.

The Millers started the game in positive fashion and pushed the home defence back in the early stages of the game. Full back Mike Bowler’s wicked deflected cross somehow evaded the goal, and then Steve Moore’s measured dink over on-rushing goalkeeper Mark Mawdsley fractionally cleared the crossbar.

The home side surprisingly took the lead in the 17th minute. The visitors were caught on the break down the right hand side and when the ball was eventually across the penalty area, Joe Doran cut inside Mike Bowler and fired an excellent shot into the corner of Dominic Ingram-Hughes’s net.

The Millers grabbed a deserved equaliser six minutes later. With towering centre halves Dave Chadwick and Liam Coyne in the penalty area, Bootle’s defensive line failed to pick up the run of Meakin who nodded home Adam Mather’s corner kick.

Leon Grandison had an exceptional opening 45 minutes as he regularly tormented the home defence, while Ryan Wilkinson’s angled shot flashed just past the upright ten minutes before the break.

The Millers had a decent shout for a penalty turned down by referee Mr Mahon when the ball appeared to strike the arm of a Bootle defender in the box. Bootle took the game to the visitors for the first quarter of an hour of the second half and on occasions Ingram-Hughes’s goal led a charmed life.

The Millers regained a foot-hold on the game with two goals in the space of three minutes.

In the 74th minute, Meakin made a trademark run forward and although his subsequent shot from the edge of the area was goalbound, a slight deflection off a Bootle defender saw the ball loop over the helpless Mark Mawdsley and under his crossbar for the midfielder’s 22nd goal of the season. Two minutes later and Meakin was again involved in the thick of the action, but this time as goal provider. Another driving run down the right saw him reach the byline before he delivered an inch-perfect cross to Grandison who side-footed home from six yards.

Leon’s brother Kingsley Grandison made his bow as a late substitute and nearly scored with a spectacular long-range effort which grazed the outside of the post.

There was late drama in the second minute of stoppage time as Mr Mahon awarded Bootle a penalty after Ingram-Hughes brought down an attacker. The official promptly sent off the New Mills keeper for denying a goalscoring opportunity. Liam Coyne donned the goalie’s shirt, but was powerless to stop Jamie Hat’s spot kick.

New Mills: Ingram-Hughes, Bowler, Innes, Coyne, Chadwick, Mather, Meakin, Pickford (Carey), L Grandison, Moore (Crowe), Horrocks (K Grandison). Unused subs: Swirad, Monaghan.