Vodkat Premier Division
Barnoldswick Town 1
New Mills 4
NEW MILLS put Barnoldswick Town to bed at The Silentnight Stadium on Saturday as they came from behind to secure another crucial three points.
The Millers conceded a goal in the second minute when Spencer Jordan capitalised in the space afforded to him by turning the last covering defender and coolly slotting the ball past Ben Procter.
In sweltering conditions, the visitors made a subdued start but were handed an unexpected but very welcome lifeline back into the game in the 20th minute.
Carlos Meakin tried his luck from long range and keeper Chris Thompson was deceived by the bounce of the ball.
The goal marked Meakin’s 150th goal for the club in only 199 appearances.
The introduction of young substitute Harry Noon, a transfer deadline signing from Woodley Sports, who replaced the hamstrung Daniel Douglas-Pringle, immediately livened proceedings up with his skill and pace.
New Mills took the lead a minute before the interval and this time keeper Thompson will feel hard done by. A good move down the left saw Meakin flick Carl Carey’s cross goalward, but Thompson made a superb reflex save by tipping the ball onto the underside of the bar. The ball looped back into play where Dean Crowe mopped up the rebound.
For Barnoldswick, Liam Garbutt’s chip ended on the roof of Ben Procter’s net, although the back pedalling keeper probably had the shot covered.
The Millers took a stranglehold on the game just after the hour with a goal from a very unlikely source.
Again the goal led from a good passage of possession football but it was full back Nick Swirad who popped up unexpectedly at the edge of the penalty area to crash an unstoppable right-footed half volley into the bottom corner.
Aaron Hollindrake could only stab a close-range effort wide of the target for the visitors, and Meakin made them rue the missed chance when he sealed the victory with a sumptuous strike in the 73rd minute.
Chris Hirst was felled by a late tackle from Bill Williams and the referee played a good advantage.
Meakin collected the loose ball and sweetly struck an absolute stunning strike into the same corner that Swirad had hit ten minutes or so previous.
Barnoldswick had a late chance when Liam Coyne handled the ball in the area. However Neil Chapman could only balloon the penalty kick into the neighbouring house’s back garden barbecue.
New Mills: Procter, Swirad, Mather, Rowe, Coyne, Hirst (Monaghan), Meakin, Pickford, Douglas-Pringle (Noon), Crowe, Carey (K Grandison). Unused subs: Barras, Bowler.