New Mills 2-0 Kendal: Vital win boosts Millers’ survival hopes

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Two goals just after the break helped boost New Mills’ chances of surviving the drop in Evo-Stik First Division North.

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.

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.

A nice move between Emerson, Owolabi and Daniel Forde in the 66th minute almost provided New Mills with a third goal but Forde’s shot was hit over the bar.

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 that New Mills gained three points and a very rare clean sheet.

New Mills have three games left in which to eat up a six-point gap to safety, starting with the visit of Brighouse on Monday (April 13).

New Mills: Higginbotham, Vincent, Moss, Forde, O’Brien, Chalmers, Hiza (Emerson), Young, Bozkurt (Henderson), Owolabi, Hampson (Fitton).