New Mills beaten by Bamber Bridge after conceding two stoppage time goals

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Two goals in stoppage time consigned New Mills to a 2-1 defeat against Bamber Bridge at The Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bamber Bridge were by some margin the best team that the Millers have faced this season and New Mills did well to keep them at bay for the majority of the game.

From the outset, The Millers were penned back deep into their own half and only some heroics between the sticks from Aaron Ashley and from the defence in general kept the scores level at half time.

The visitors had been limited to just two headed chances in the first half, both which fell to Daniel Forde, the first going just over the bar after twenty-two minutes and the second going wide in the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the half.

The second half was more of the same with New Mills again restricted to a couple of headers over the bar, this time from Ahmadi and Douglas-Pringle.

But New Mills took the lead on 74 minutes when Caldecott controlled the ball wide on the left and lashed home a thunderous shot from fully 30 yards to give the Millers the lead.

Caldecott then had another shot from a similar position tipped over by Harry Campbell in the home goal.

New Mills held on to the lead and were looking like netting all three points until in the first minute of stoppage time when substitute Andrew Bell netted in a goalmouth scramble.

Two minutes later in circumstances all too familiar to the New Mills team and supporters, another goalmouth battle saw Stuart Vasey, another substitute, net the winner.

New Mills: Ashley, Antoine-Clarke, Grimshaw (Parsons), Caldecott (Fitton), Gaskin, O’Brien, Hopper, Forde, Douglas-Pringle, Ahmadi (Smith), Chalmers ©.