Evo-Stik Division One South: New Mills AFC 3, Lincoln United 0
AN EXCELLENT first half performance from New Mills comfortably secured the three points on offer against ten-man Lincoln United at Church Lane on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors, still looking for their first win in 2012, very nearly took the lead in the tenth minute but James Coates splendidly blocked Tom Garrick’s effort and from there almost immediately at the other end, Luke Horrocks exchanged passes with Ben Deegan around the edge of the penalty before the former neatly slotted the ball over Michael Cooke to give The Millers the lead.
Cooke’s final involvement in the game came just after the half hour when he upended Ashley Stott in the box and once referee Mr Watson awarded the penalty, the official had little alternative but to show a red card to the keeper for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. With no substitute available, striker Craig Leverett had to don the gloves and his first task was to pick Carlos Meakin’s subsequent spot kick from the back of his net.
Skipper Meakin effectively killed the game off a minute before the interval when he burst through the visitors defence in customary style and scored with ease to record his second successive double after bagging two in the midweek draw at Sheffield FC.
After such an emphatic display in the opening forty five minutes, it was a case of “ After The Lord Mayor’s Show “ in the second half as New Mills couldn’t add to the scoreline mainly due to two outstanding saves from stand in keeper Leverett. Firstly he somehow managed to tip Ashley Stott’s glancing header onto the post and then again the woodwork assisted him as he managed to impressively deflect Carlos Meakin’s curling effort onto the bar, thus denying the midfielder another hat trick for The Millers.
Despite being at a numerical disadvantage on both the scoreline and the pitch, some credit must go to Lincoln for their battling second half performance and they even rattled James Coates’s crossbar late in the game but ultimately New Mills’s first half showing deservedly ensured the victory.
New Mills: Coates, Bowler, Moss, Swirad, Chadwick (Barras), Innes, Meakin, Field (Berkeley), Deegan, Stott (Grandison), Horrocks. Unused subs: Pickering, Edridge.