Millers shrug off keeper’s red card to smash seven


Ten-man New Mills produced a dazzling second-half performance to see off Holker Old Boys 7-2 in Division One the North West Counties League

But the victory was marred by the dismissal of goalkeeper Dean Williams, who will now face a suspension.

Boss Calum Sykes will have to call on a replacement stopper for next weekend’s FA Vase tie at Alsager Town.

The home side, beaten in the league for the first time in the previous game, found themselves a goal down inside two minutes,.

A long ball from the back found its way to Danny Keenan, who cleverly guided the ball past Williams to give Holker the lead.

The Millers responded with efforts of their own. Ed Driver curled a free-kick over the bar in the fourth minute and then the same player volleyed wide from the edge of the area moments later.

Arron Kirk went close with a volley and on the half-hour mark central defender Joe Armstrong headed wide from a George Blackwell corner kick.

In the 32nd minute the equaliser finally arrived and Blackwell was the architect, producing his customary touchline trickery and delivering a fine cross that found its way to Jack Beswick.

The full back cut inside a defender and produced a tidy left-footed finish.

Holker responded and skipper Gareth Smith curled against the woodwork.

Moments after the restart, Blackwell’s looping cross was misjudged by Molloy, who allowed the ball to slip through his grasp and over the line.

Blackwell then added his second after being picked out by Driver.

After several missed chances, Nathan Neequaye opened his account for the season, nodding a rebound home.

Tyler Spence replied for the visitors, but in retrieving the ball from the net clashed with Williams, who was red-carded.

With no keeper on the bench Sam Scott took over and made several saves to ensur that Holker were unable to add to their score.

In the 73rd minute Neequaye tapped in another rebound from five yards to calm any home nerves.

A fine team move saw Ed make it 6-2 before substiture Andy Graham set up Driver to complete the rout.