New Mills knocked out of Derbyshire Senior Cup
Wednesday 10th January 2018 @ 10:52 by Adam Higgins
New Mills Reports Sports

Ten-man New Mills were unfortunately knocked out of the Derbyshire Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage after a 4-1 defeat at home to Alfreton Town on Tuesday night. 

But the Millers put in a good shift and acquitted themselves well against a team four leagues above them, particularly when playing with one man less for around an hour after Dennis Sherriff was shown a straight red card on 28 minutes following a scuffle between players.

On a freezing cold night at Church Lane, joint-managers Gareth Cross and Nick Dowse handed a debut to Jack McConnell – a new signing from Stockport Town – in midfield, while Sam Marshall also returned to the starting line-up after missing the previous two games.

The visitors, who play in the National League North, made a bright start which they confirmed with the opening goal after 16 minutes as Frank Mulhern finished well at the end of a fine passing move.

Just after Sherriff was dismissed by referee Jamie O’Connor, Alfreton doubled the advantage through Mulhern again as the forward got on the end of a cross from Noel Burdett, who evaded several challenges in the build-up.

A comfortable first half for John McDermott’s side was rounded off seven minutes before the interval when Ryan Jennings worked space on the edge of the box and found the corner of the net with a brilliant strike.

Alfreton made their numerical advantage count and increased their lead on 56 minutes when Thomas Allan coolly slotted home a fourth after a neat one-two with Burdett.

The Millers, to their credit, kept going and grabbed a goal with 12 minutes to go as Nathan Neequaye found the net with a fabulous strike from 20 yards.

But it proved only to be a consoltation as Alfreton progressed to the semi-finals next month, when they will play Ilkeston Town, who beat Whaley Bridge 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

New Mills, who are 16th in the North West Counties First Division, will be hoping to return to winning ways when they travel to Cheadle Town – who are adjacent to them in the table and level on 24 points – in the league on Saturday.