Unbeaten Millers hit for six on home turf

Action from New Mills' 6-1 defeat by Warrington Town. Photo: Allan Toft.
Action from New Mills' 6-1 defeat by Warrington Town. Photo: Allan Toft.

Evo-Stik First Division North

New Mills 1, Warrington Town 6

A HAT-TRICK from Warrington Town’s Lee McEvilly emphatically ended New Mills’ 100 per cent league record at Church Lane on Saturday.

Warrington, who arrived undefeated themselves after drawing their opening two games, took the lead in the ninth minute with a looping Michael Reid header.

Daniel Douglas-Pringle, who rejoined the Millers from Hyde FC in the week, then had two almost identical heading opportunities to draw the home side level.

Both came courtesy of Luke Horrocks’ left-wing crosses but the forward narrowly missed the target with his first effort and rattled the crossbar with the second.

Former Northern Ireland striker McEvilly opened his account midway through the opening half when he collected Liam Shipton’s pass and executed a perfect chip over James Coates from around the edge of the penalty area.

Warrington tore into New Mills’ defence at the start of the second half and extended their lead further when Reid drilled an excellent strike into the bottom corner.

McEvilly showed no mercy to the shell-shocked defenders, who afforded him far too much space, by completing his hat-trick with two fairly simple finishes in the 60th and 66th minute.

The Millers at least grabbed a consolation goal with seven minutes remaining. Substitute Ross Needham battled well for the ball down the left and freed the overlapping David Fitzpatrick. The full-back delivered a trademark centre for skipper Carlos Meakin, whose neat, controlled header found the corner of the net.

Even then there was time for Warrington to complete the scoring when young striker James Anderson tapped in from close range to round off a thoroughly miserable afternoon for New Mills.

New Mills: Coates, Millen (Armstrong), Fitzpatrick, Cotton (Cooper), Bowler, Young, Meakin, Headley, Noon (Needham), Douglas-Pringle, Horrocks. Unused subs: Cox, Ormesher.