Noon opens his account as New Mills close theirs

Vodkat Premier Division

New Mills 1

Barnoldswick Town 1

A LAST gasp Barnoldswick Town equaliser denied New Mills the chance to reach a century of Premier Division points at Church Lane last Wednesday evening.

With a number of regular players missing, Ally Pickering promoted youngsters Luke Podmore and Robbie Robertson into the first team.

While the visitors had the better of the goalscoring chances in the opening 45 minutes, the Millers started the second half in more positive style and should really have taken the lead three minutes after the interval. Barnoldswick failed to properly deal with a set piece and the ball fell kindly for Chris Hirst who from six yards rattled the woodwork.

Dominic Ingram-Hughes made the save of the evening with 13 minutes remaining when he somehow managed to claw Shaun Clough’s header away.

The home side attacked the other end virtually straight away and took the lead. Mark Innes played the ball into Paul Monaghan’s path and the midfielder struck a sweet shot into Chris Thompson’s bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.

But Barnoldswick struck deep into injury time to claim a point on their inaugural visit to Church Lane.

Bill Williams unleashed a Rory Delap-esque throw-in which Aaron Hollindrake glanced home at the near post.

New Mills: Ingram-Hughes, Bowler, Podmore, Swirad, Coyne, Monaghan, Hirst, Innes, Crowe (Robertson), Noon, Horrocks (Holmes). Unused subs: Procter (GK), Mather, Chapman.

Vodkat Premier Division

New Mills 1

Glossop North End 1

Champions New Mills collected the Vodkat Premier Division League Trophy after an entertaining Easter Monday clash against local rivals Glossop North End.

Carl Carey was the architect of the Millers’ goal down the right hand side when his cross-cum-shot caused panic in the visiting back line and this allowed Carlos Meakin to nip in front of goalkeeper Jonny McIlwaine and nick the loose ball just inside the near post from close range.

The Millers were made to pay for a series of missed chances as Glossop posed more of an attacking threat as the second half progressed.

Ben Procter made an impressive low save to deny half-time substitute Niall Cannon, but the New Mills keeper was powerless to prevent unmarked Kiel O’Brien’s header levelling the scores just after the hour.

New Mills: Procter, Bowler, Horrocks, Swirad, Barras (Coyne), Carey, Meakin, Innes (Hirst), Crowe, Noon (Douglas-Pringle), Mather. Unused subs: Rowe, Monaghan.