Vodkat Premier Division
New Mills AFC 3
New Mills concluded their successful Vodkat Premier Division campaign with a comfortable three-goal victory against Silsden at a wind-swept Church Lane on Saturday.
Playing with the elements in their favour in the first half, striker Harry Noon had two good chances to open the scoring for the Millers inside the first 90 seconds, but on both occasions he was foiled by Silsden keeper Martin Foulger.
Noon wasn’t to be denied for long though and registered his first goal for the club since his transfer deadline day move from Woodley Sports in the eighth minute. A splendid crossfield ball from Adam Mather to Mike Bowler was the catalyst for the goal and when the latter’s pinpoint cross evaded the centre halves, Noon’s textbook header, which clipped the post before entering the net, was an appropriate way to bring up a century of Premier Division goals this season.
The strong wind allied to the hard ground made conditions difficult for both sides but a touch of class from who else but Carlos Meakin saw New Mills double their advantage seven minutes before the interval. In typical style, the home skipper burst through the midfield before crashing home a spectacular goal from the edge of the box. While there was no doubting the quality of the strike, it did take a slight deflection off a defender.
Silsden’s only significant chance of the opening half came moments before the break when Dominic Ingram-Hughes failed to collect a free kick and was beaten to the ball by centre half Alex Muga, whose looping header just cleared the crossbar.
There was a reversal in proceedings in the second half as Silsden were more of a threat going forward as they had the wind in their favour. The Yorkshire side looked dangerous from various set pieces and created several half chances but never really troubled Ingram-Hughes.
As the second half progressed, the Millers started to adapt to the conditions and Meakin, who was playing in a more advanced role following the withdrawal of the injured Noon, shot just past the upright with the keeper well beaten.
With time ticking down, it was apt that the last goal of the league campaign was created and scored by arguably the Millers’ best two players this season. Mather’s pass across the face of the goal was crashed into the roof of the net by Meakin for his 39th goal of the season. He still had one last chance in stoppage time to complete yet another hat-trick, but he headed Mike Bowler’s cross narrowly over the crossbar.
This victory meant New Mills remained unbeaten at home in the Premier Division all season, recorded a century of both goals and points and also conceded the fewest goals.
New Mills: Ingram-Hughes, Bowler, Podmore, Coyne, Barras (Rowe), Monaghan, Meakin, Hirst (K Grandison), Horrocks, Noon (Pickford), Mather. Unused subs: Innes, Robertson.