New Mills went down 3-0 against FA Cup heroes Warrington Town in this hastily rearranged fixture and put in a far better performance than the scoreline would suggest.
With six new players in the squad signed since last Friday, and no opportunity to train or play together, it was always going to be a hard task to take points from Warrington.
Nevertheless, the first half performance was very competitive and the Millers were unfortunate to be behind at half-time.
Town had the first chance after five minutes when Ashley was forced to make a close range save with his legs, but it was only a few minutes later that Forde hit an angled shot from the right of the area straight at the keeper. He repeated this a few minutes later from a more central position.
Hampson hit a shot from distance wide in the 20th minute and four minutes later the best move of the match almost created a goal for New Mills when, after several good forward passes, a cross to the right was met by the head of Kinsella, who headed back across goal but Hampson’s header was straight at the keeper.
Warrington took the lead just after the half-hour when captain David Mannix slammed home a corner from the right.
The Millers finished the half well and a cross by Roberts-Nurse found the head of Robert Kinsella, but he in turn could only find the feet of a defender and the ball was cleared.
Warrington were more dominant in the second half and seven minutes in, Tames broke down the right and flashed a shot across Ashley into the left side of the goal.
In the 69th minute, Warrington wrapped things up when Gerard Kinsella found himself with the ball inside the area and turned and shot in one move to beat Ashley for the third goal.
New Mills: Ashley, Vincent, Moss, Parsons (Tuanzebe), Barrett, A Chalmers ©, Roberts-Nurse, L Chalmers, Kinsella (Windsor), Forde, Hampson (Owolabi).