New Mills boss expects a tough test against Abbey Hey

Boss Dave Birch knows New Mills will face a much tougher test this weekend against Abbey Hey.

Darren McKnight impressed against St Martin and took his goal tally to eight for the season.
Darren McKnight impressed against St Martin and took his goal tally to eight for the season.

The Millers crushed basement boys St Martin 11-2 last weekend as they closed the gap on leaders West Didsbury and Chorlton.

But Birch knows his promotion-chasers will need to be on their game if they are to bag three more points against third-placed Abbey Hey.

“It is a big game and will be a completely different test,” he said. “We are going from one extreme to the other.

“It is a chance to create some space between them. There’s no doubt it is a big game.

“It would leave us four clear with a game in hand and that is a big jump.

“All the teams at the top will drop points and there are some big games to come. If we can get a gap on Abbey Hey it would be great.

“They are the best team we have played, it is a massive game and we expect to win at home. Our home form is really good.”

And, although not a make or break fixture, Birch admits the pressure is on his title-chasers to keep chalking up the wins.

“If we can win games over Christmas and some of the other top teams will drop points then we will be in a good position,” he added.

“The pitches are getting heavier and the games become tough and a battle.

“We are in a position where we can't afford to drop points. We have to go to places and win but that's what it takes to be in a title challenge.

“There is pressure on games.”