Millers’ relegation is rubber-stamped with two games still to play


New Mills have been relegated from the Evo-Stik First Division North after two costly defeats in the past week.

Last Wednesday the Millers were narrowly edged out 3-2 at home to Spennymoor Town. They did however manage to follow that up with a 2-0 success at home to Kendal last Saturday.

The first half of this game was perhaps one best forgotten.

Not so much for poor performances by either side but because almost nothing of interest happened.

Carney hit the first shot on target in the 42nd-minute but his attempt was hit straight at Higginbotham in the Millers’ goal then Chalmers’ shot a minute later took a massive deflection and looped safely into the arms of Town ‘keeper Eccles.

The second half was a different story as four minutes in, a curling cross from the left by Hampson evaded all in the area and nestled sweetly into the bottom-right corner of the goal.

Eight minutes later, a poor clearance by Eccles was hit straight to Hiza who controlled the ball well and ran towards the keeper.

Eccles came out to meet him but Hiza passed the ball to his left where Owolabi was following up and he was able to put the ball into the open goal to give the Millers a two-goal lead. With just a minute of time remaining, Kendal were awarded a penalty when Higginbotham brought down an attacker well wide of the left post inside the area.

For the second time in two games, Higginbotham proved equal to the task and saved low to his left to ensure three points and a rare clean sheet.

That victory gave the Millers a lifeline but they then fell to a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Brighouse last Monday.

The result, combined with Radcliffe’s 1-0 win at Ossett Town on Tuesday condemned the Millers to the drop. They host Bamber Bridge on Saturday.